Schwartzman and the art of saving match points: his most outstanding victories


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Schwartzman and the art of saving match points: his most outstanding victories

When you have to play under pressure, you have to be prepared because it will surely give a plus. Diego Schwartzman (15th) took an epic comeback in the second round of the Indian Wells Masters 1000 and one of the highlights of the agonizing win over Maxime Cressy (145th) is that raised two match points. A review of some similar situations that he went through in his career.

Chronologically, the first great leap was made in October 2016. The Small ranked 77th in the world and was measured against David Goffin, then No. 12 in the ranking, for a place in the final of the ATP 250 in Antwerp.

It was there that the Argentine hit the big bang and after lifting two match points took the victory by 7-5, 2-6 and 7-5 against the Belgian. Later, he would lose the final to Richard Gasquet and would be one step away from adding his second ATP title.

Later, the ATP 250 of Buenos Aires it was the scene that saw him rise from the shadows on two occasions. First, in 2019: nothing more and nothing less than Dominic Thiem, the favorite to the title and defending champion, saved one match point and won 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 (5). In the final, Marco Cecchinato would make the party bitter.

And then, in 2020. That match was not just one more, it had something special, because the best Argentine racket today raised 4 match points before Pablo Cuevas!

With sheer claw, he took the victory 5-7, 7-6 (11) and 7-5 to advance to the semifinals. So agonizing was the victory that due to a tear he suffered against the Uruguayan, he could not play the next game.

And finally, in October last year at the ATP 250 in Cologne he saved a match point and reversed the result against Spaniard Alejandro Davidovich Fokina to advance to the semifinals after 2-6, 7-6 (3) and 6-1. He beat Félix Auger-Aliassime and in the final the executioner was Alexander Zverev, who after 6-2 and 6-1 became champion.

Thus, Schwartzman added one more epic victory in his career. It is surely an important mental jerk, even because it means that, after the eliminations of Guido Pella (80 °), Federico Coria (67 °), Federico Delbonis (44 °), Facundo Bagnis (74 °) and Renzo Olivo (199 °) ), It is the only Argentine racket still in action at Indian Wells.


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