Going for more. Diego Schwartzman, No. 14 in the world, seeks to confirm his status as second favorite in the ATP 250 of Antwerp, on hard court and indoors. The Argentine and Latin American leader faces on Saturday, live on Star +, the rising American Jenson Brooksby (70th) in the semifinal.
Schwartzman, who still has chances to enter the ATP Finals again, to be played in Turin, has just achieved, with his victory in the quarterfinals over the American Brandon Nakashima (79th) his 100th success on hard courts, being the fifth from Argentina to reach that mark.
At 29 years old, Schwartzman meets for the first time against Brooksby, 20, who made his great leap in quality on the circuit this season, in which he won three Challengers and then climbed to his only ATP final, on the grass of Newport, already semifinals in Washington, in hard, prior to Antwerp.
The Argentine has already played 11 finals on the big circuit, of which he won four. Now he is looking for his sixth hard surface final and the first two of his career on that floor were precisely in Antwerp, since he lost the decisive duel there in 2016 and 2017.
The only final he played this season was in Buenos Aires, where he celebrated the title for the first time, but it was in March. It has been more than seven months without access to a final and for that the second seed of the Belgian tournament needs to perform at a high level against the aggressive Brooksby, who entered the main draw after passing the qualifying phase.
In Antwerp, Schwartzman beat Scotsman Andy Murray (172nd), former world leader, and reached the semi-final without conceding a set in both games. The Argentine recently debuted in the round of 16, starting early because he was the second seed.
In the first semi, Italian Jannick Sinner, No. 13 in the ATP ranking, being the top seed, plays with South African Lloyd Harris (32nd), seeded seventh.