The night Diego Schwartzman reacted to the odds and disguised himself as an “escapist” at the Canadian Masters 1000

The night Diego Schwartzman reacted to the odds and disguised himself as an

If there is any aspect in which, in general, Diego Schwartzman It doesn’t deliver, it’s in delivery. El Pac, number 8 in the world in October 2020 and current 15th in the rankings, built an outstanding career amidst sacrifices and boundaries, through pure combat on the court. Today, in an era in which the results are not with him as he would have liked, he is quickly disheartened.

For this reason, Montreal’s victory against Spaniard Alejandro Davidovich Focina (36th; this year’s finalist in Monte Carlo) last night, for the first round of Canadian Masters 1000, for that it acquires an invigorating price. After losing the first set 6-1, the Buenos Aires player won the second set 6-3, but in the third set he was very close to saying goodbye. He was down 0-3 and the man from Malaga had three break points to go 4-0. However, the player, who turns 30 next Tuesday, braved the courage and grit to win the final set 6-4.

Diego Schwartzman beat Davydovich Fokina in Montreal
Diego Schwartzman beat Davydovich Fokina in MontrealMinas Panagiotakis – Getty Images North America

Today, in the fourth shift of Court 9 (around 5:30 in Argentina; ESPN and Star+ broadcast), he will face another Spaniard: left-hander Albert Ramos Vinolas (43rd), whom he has played in five of six games. Although all on brick dust (the last one, Cordoba in the quarter-finals of the 2021 ATP).

In addition to today’s new challenge, a victory against Davydovich Fokina should serve as emotional springboard to Schwartzman. “The last two months were not good, especially because of my performance. Because at times you may have streaks that are not so good but you feel comfortable, but these past two months I felt uncomfortable,” the Argentine travels to Canada to begin his participation in the North American surface tour. Hard, who will end up at the US Open, the last Grand Slam of the year starting on the 29th of this month. After reaching the round of 16 at the last Roland Garros tournament, Peck’s performance was very opaque : on the grass-court tour (three losses, one win) and in his final European tournament on clay (tough fall 6– 1 and 6–0 in Bastad, in the quarter-finals, against Spanish Pablo Carreo Busta; and the ATP 500 in Hamburg in his debut against Finnish Emil Rusuvuori).

Schwartzman clenches in Montreal during his challenge against Davydovich Fokina
Schwartzman clenches in Montreal during his challenge against Davydovich FokinaMinas Panagiotakis – Getty Images North America

“I had a great year until Roland Garros, I was very close to the top 10, what if Caste And the number of points that were being added up to that moment. then i did pause At my level and I didn’t meet him again in the weeks after Roland Garros. Hopefully, in the coming weeks, in the United States, it will return to that level”, Schwartzman had hoped during his brief stay in Buenos Aires. Last night, when it seemed to be over, Public support was feeding his confidence and he starred in a wonderful tennis revival, El Paque had not won on hard surfaces since defeating Rusuvuori last March at the Indian Wells Masters 1000. In addition, it was his tenth success of the year, returning 0–1 in the set against Davydovich Fokina.

Schwartzman’s victory—and above all an emotional reaction—is also celebrated by Guillermo Correa, of course, the Argentine captain. Davis Cup, which will define the list of five people called to travel to Bologna, Italy for the group stage of the final over the next few days. Schwartzman, plus Francisco Serandolo, Sebastian Baez and doubles players Horacio Zeballos and Maximo González will be the five players selected by Correa to play Group A with Croatia, Italy and Sweden.

For now, El Pac continues on a North American tour on Hard Court, with Life in Montreal. This will be followed by the Cincinnati Masters 1000 and the US Open. What is valuable in this case to the player coached by Alejandro Fabry and Juan Ignacio Chella are signs of recovery.

Summary of Schwartzman’s victory in Canada: