Diego Schwartzman is still at a steady pace at Roland Garros and, on Sunday, sealed his passage to the quarter-finals after a solid triumph in straight sets against Italian Lorenzo Sonego, whom he defeated 6-1, 6-3 and 6-4.
Shortly after the start, the match was long suspended by rain when the Italian took out 1-2 and 40 equals. However, the obligatory parate did not deconcentr the Little One, who barely resumed the action, completed two breaks and routed things to take the first set 6-1.The Argentine, number 14 in the world, continued with the confidence to rise and managed to spin four games in a row to make a difference that his rival, who should have asked for medical attention, could not reverse. The porteño then closed the second chapter at 6-3 and was one step away from the victory. Without further inconvenience, Peque regained the break that Sonego had achieved in the seventh game (3-4) and then took the Italian’s serve in the tenth and final game, to sign the victory with a 6-4 that allowed him to get into the top eight of the tournament.
In the quarter-finals, Schwartzman – who did not lose any sets so far from the contest – will have a hard stop against Austrian Dominic Thiem, World No. 3 and recent US Open champion, who beat Frenchman Hugo Gastón in five sets, with 6-4, 6-4, 5-7, 3-6 and 6-3 sets. Rafael Nadal commented: «I was very nervous at first, specifically in the early games. I think unlike the past, the rain came very well for me.» On his great present after the stumbles he had as soon as the competition resumed after the parate for the pandemic, the Argentine stated that «whenever I come to a tournament I have confidence in myself, I have a lot of humility but I seek to win the matches and things go well. My start after the pandemic hadn’t been good, I didn’t expect all this, but I trained a lot, I never put my arms down and I think that’s why I’m here.» Ours is not hard, we are playing the biggest tournaments, we can travel and compete, there are much more serious things than playing a competition badly,» said Schwartzman, who continues to dream in Paris.
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