Thanks to the sensational victory against the Norwegian Casper Ruud (10th) and subsequent qualification to the quarterfinals of the Indian Wells Masters 1000, the Argentine tennis player Diego schwartzman (15 °) recorded the tenth celebration of his career before members of the Top 10, first since Roland Garros 2020.
The last time that the 29-year-old from Buenos Aires, owner of four titles in his showcases and pupil of former Albiceleste player Juan Ignacio Chela, had totaled such a celebration was in the French Grand Slam, last season, a tournament in which he beat the Austrian Dominic Thiem (3rd) by 7-6 (1), 5-7, 6-7 (6), 7-6 (5) and 6-2, in a marathon match of five hours and 8 minutes, corresponding to the quarterfinals.
It should be noted that the European is the main victim of the former number 8 on the planet, because three of his 10 wins were against him: previously he had beaten it in Canada 2017 (7th), by 6-4, 6-7 (7) and 7-5, and in Buenos Aires 2019 (8th), by 2-6, 6-4 and 7-6 ( 5).
The remaining seven hits 170-centimeter right-hander belong to: US Open 2017, against the Croatian Marin Cilic (7th) 4-6, 7-5, 7-5 and 6-4, Roland Garros 2018, against the South African Kevin Anderson (7th) 1-6, 2-6, 7-5, 7-6 and 6-2, Rome 2019, against the Japanese Kei Nishikori (6th) 6-4 and 6-2, in US Open 2019, versus the German Alexander Zverev (6th) 3-6, 7-2, 6-4 and 6-3, Vienna 2019, against the Russian Karen Khachanov (9th) by 7-6 (4) and 6-2, and Rome 2020, against Spanish Rafael Nadal (2nd) by 6-2 and 7-5.
In this way, Schwartzman, who got his first big smile in 2021, cut the negative streak of ten losses in a row against the best in the ranking: Nadal at Roland Garros 2020 (2nd) and 2021 (3rd), Zverev (7th) at Cologne II 2020, Medvedev in Paris 2020 (5th), ATP Finals 2020 (4th) and ATP Cup 2021 (4th), Novak Djokovic (1st ) in ATP Final 2020, and Andrey Rublev (5th) in Laver Cup 2021 and San Diego 2021.