Argentine Diego Schwartzman, ninth world player, registered a new defeat in the ATP Masters at the end of the season in London, this Wednesday against German Alexander Zverev (7th) by 6-3, 4-6 and 6-3, and was almost with no options to advance to the semifinals.
Schwartzman had already lost on Monday in his first match, against Serbian world number one Novak Djokovic in straight sets (6-3, 6-2).
This Thursday the second day of the group ‘Tokyo 1970’ is completed, with the duel between Djokovic and the Russian Daniil Medvedev (4th in the ATP ranking), in which both will look for the mathematical ticket to the semifinals.
Zverev, the 2018 Masters champion, gave his chances a boost with a win over Schwartzman, following his matchday one loss to Medvedev in two sets.
“Today was much better than Monday,” admitted the German tennis player.
“I’m happy to win options to qualify, but Friday’s game will be the toughest that can be had here,” he warned about his fight against Djokovic, whom he beat precisely in the final of the Masters two years ago.
For Zverev, now begins “a classic tournament, in which you have to win all the games to avoid being eliminated.”
– Balanced pulse –
The duel against Schwartzman, with which he had a balanced balance of two wins each in his previous games, was especially close.
Zverev asserted a better serve, with ten ‘aces’ especially, and controlled his nerves in the decisive moments, saving six of the nine ‘break’ balls he had against.
Schwartzman went down 6-3 and 3-1, but reacted in the second set, which ended up scoring after a final service break, to force a third set. But his efforts had no reward in that decisive round and he was defeated, after two hours and eleven minutes of battle.
“I’m happy because I was close to a great comeback,” Schwartzman said.
“I found a way to win the second set and fight the third. I think he deserved the victory because he played better than me in the important moments. The serve made the difference,” he acknowledged.
On indoor hard court, the current leading figure in German tennis has won thirteen of the fifteen matches he has played this season. He has only lost two, to the same rival, Daniil Medvedev, on the first day of his group of this Masters and ten days ago in the final of the Masters 1000 in Paris-Bercy.
“Diego is a very difficult opponent. He deserves to be here. There are no easy games and I am happy for this victory,” Zverev said.
Schwartzman, who will close his path in the group on Friday against Medvedev, has a very difficult time going forward in a tournament where the Argentines won two individual titles in the past, with Guillermo Vilas in 1974 and with David Nalbandian in 2005. Juan Martín Del Potro arrived in addition to a final, in 2009, but he fell against Russian Nikolay Davydenko.
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