Diego Schwartzman: the best South American racket turns 29


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Diego Schwartzman: the best South American racket turns 29

The best South American racket today, Diego schwartzman, is turning years. The Buenos Aires-born, who took his first steps at the Hacoaj Nautical Club in the city of Tigre, reached 29 and here we review each and every one of his achievements.

DEBUT:

At just 16 years old, the Argentine made his presentation in an Argentine F5. In that tournament played in 2009, he played against his compatriot Juan Vázquez-Valenzuela and fell 7-6 (4) and 6-4. At that time the Peque did not have any ranking.

FIRST VICTORY:

At the age of 17, in the same 2009, he obtained it against another Argentine: Federico Cavallero. It was 6-2 and 6-1 against a rival who at that time was among the 650 best in the world.

ATP APPEARANCE:

The Viña del Mar ATP 250 main draw marked Schwartzman’s presentation in this category. After overcoming qualifying, he reached the first round of the main draw in which he played against Horacio Zeballos. The one born in Mar del Plata beat him 6-1, 2-6 and 6-2.

FIRST ATP TITLE:

In 2016, at the age of 23, he won his first trophy. In Istanbul, he got rid of Facundo Bagnis, Bernard Tomic, Damir Dzumhur, Federico Delbonis and in the final, Grigor Dimitrov. That triumph allowed him to get among the 65 best in the world.

THE FIRST VICTORY AGAINST A TOP 10:

While Schwartzman was established in the top 40 in the world by mid-2017, he still couldn’t hit the ground running to beat a Top 10. But everything changed at the Montreal Masters 1000 that year. In the second round, he got rid of none other than Dominic Thiem. The Austrian, seventh in the world at that time, fell to the Argentine 6-4, 6-7 (7) and 7-5.

THE ONLY WIN AGAINST THE BIG 3:

Although he faced Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic (in total) 22 times, he could only be victorious once. During 2020, the best year of his career, he eliminated the Manacorí at the Masters 1000 in Rome. For the quarterfinals he won 6-2 and 7-5 who would later lift the Roland Garros trophy.

2020, THE GLORIOUS YEAR:

Peque was already among the best 15 in the world when 2020 began. After a very good Australian Open and being a finalist in the ATP in Córdoba, he began to string together very good results. In the Masters 1000 in Rome he eliminated Nadal and was a finalist (he lost against Djokovic). At Roland Garros, he reached the semifinals (he lost to Nadal). He was also a finalist in Cologne 2. Thanks to these outstanding results, he entered the Top Ten for the first time in his career as number eight.

ATP FINALS:

Thanks to the aforementioned performance, he entered the ATP Finals for the first time in his career. There he played against the best in the world but in his three games he could not win. He fell to Djokovic, Alex Zverev and Daniil Medvedev.

HIS OTHER ATP TITLES:

In addition to Istanbul in 2016, it also won the Rio de Janeiro tournaments in 2018, Los Cabos in 2019 and Buenos Aires in 2021. It was also a finalist in seven other ATP competitions.

DAVIS CUP DEBUT:

His first participation in the tournament was in a World Group series against Brazil in 2015. In the doubles, he played alongside Carlos Berlocq and lost in three sets to the pair of Bruno Soares and Marcelo Melo 7-5, 6-3 and 6-4.


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