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The Argentinian Schwartzman did not win a single set on the first day, however, he advanced to the next round and his opponent, who won the first two sets, was out. What seemed to be an easy pairing, turned out to be more than complicated for Diego, who did not depend on himself to be in the second round of the US Open. The 30-year-old got a second chance to stay in the tournament, will he be able to take it?
The Argentinian has become one of the leading players on the South American continent and in the world. In 2020 he entered the top 10 of the best tennis players in the world, although he has dropped a few places since then, he is still at the top of world tennis.
Schwartzman – US Open Performance
Although some players are not favourites to win a Grand Slam title, all of them try to reach advanced rounds to get the big amount of points that they give. The Argentinian’s performance in the past editions has been good but not fantastic. This year he has to work harder if he doesn’t want to lose more places in the ATP ranking.
US Open achievements
Schwartzman usually gets knocked out in the early rounds of the US Open. In almost a decade of participation, his best performances were in 2017 and 2019, in those two years he reached the quarter-finals, two of the best performances of the Peque in a Grand Slam.
This year he achieved his best result in a Grand Slam so far, reaching the quarter-finals. In the first two rounds he came up against two easy opponents, both matches he won in straight sets. In the third round, he had his first big test against the Croatian Marin Cilic, who at that time was number 7 in the ATP rankings, and already owned the US Open trophy. The Peque lost the first set but then won the next three to reach the round of 16.
In the round of 16, his opponent was Frenchman Lucas Pouille, who was ranked No. 16 in the ATP rankings. Although he put up a good fight, Schwartzman settled the match in four sets, which took a total of two and a half hours. The Argentine’s adventure ended in the quarter-finals, where he lost in straight sets to Spaniard Pablo Carreños.
After he failed in 2018, when he lost in the third round to Japan’s Nishikori, Schwartzman tried to improve his performance the following year. In the first two rounds of the US Open 2019, it was very easy to win, but in the round of 16, he had to work a little harder to beat the German Zverev. He didn’t have much luck and in the quarterfinals, he ran into the still young Rafael Nadal, who had no problem beating the Argentinian in three sets.
US Open Second Chance
At the US Open, which is in progress, he advanced in a way that no one wants or expects. In the first round, Schwartzman was surprised in the first two sets by American Jack Sock, another veteran who dominated and won the first two sets. In the third set Sock had to retire due to physical problems, leaving the place in the second round to Diego. With Jack Sock at 100%, maybe the Argentinean would be out of the tournament, but he will have the opportunity to show that he has a lot to give.