Diego Schwartzmann he celebrated twice at the ATP 500 in Barcelona, in a day as marathon as it was successful. In the first hour he beat the Italian Lorenzo Musetti by 2-6, 6-4 and 6-3. Immediately, she barely had a break to go to the locker room and prepare the body for what was to come. And what was coming was to look for the pass to the semifinals. In front he had the Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime (9th in the world), which he beat 3-6, 6-2 and 6-3, with which he is already among the top four in the Barcelona ATP 500. Now, the Little one awaits the rival of the match in which they are measured the Spaniard Pablo Carreño Busta and the Norwegian Casper Ruud.
In total, to eliminate his two rivals, El Peque played four hours and fifteen minutes. The victory over Musetti took 2 hours and 3 minutes, while the success against the Canadian involved an effort of 2 hours and 12 minutes. He had to play two games because on Thursday, the Argentine was never able to start the match against the Italian due to persistent rains in Barcelona. Schwartzman’s present is very promising: by triumphing against Auger Aliassime, he achieved victory No. 12 against a Top-10. Also, he is still No. 15 in the ranking, but No. 9 in the Race to Turin.
This 2022 is a winding road for Peque’s tennis, which did not have a good run through the Masters 1000 in Indian Wells and Miami, with defeats in the second and first round respectively. However, he will have to keep up the pace and he is showing it on the clay tour. He has to defend points at the Masters 1000 in Rome and at the event of the year on this surface: Roland Garros.
Diego Schwartzmann I knew well that I was not going to have an easy game. In front of him he had a known rival, the Italian Lorenzo Musetti (68th in the world) and one of the greatest promises that the ATP circuit has. A few days ago they had met at the Masters 1000 in Monte Carlo, there the victory went to the Argentine for 2-6, 6-4 and 6-3. Now the scenario was changed and they met again in the round of 16 of Conde de Godó, the ATP 500 in Barcelona.
El Peque (15th in the world) showed his face in a match that became complicated at times and showed character to overcome 6-4 and 7-5 in two hours of play. Beyond the result, the 15th in the world knew how to show character and conviction to the different adversities that the game and the rival presented him. He survived, tennis-wise, because the young Italian showed him a very good technical repertoire and broke his serve on several occasions. Although there will not be much rest: from 11 this Friday, for the quarterfinals, Schwartzman will play against the Canadian Félix Auger-Aliassime, who defeated the American Frances Tiafoe 7-5 and 6-4.
At one point it was thought that it was going to be a quick resolution match for Peque, because the first set ended in favor of the Argentine, who won 6-4 in a set that was break by break, with 4 for Schwartzman and 3 for Musetti. However, everything turned uphill for Peque.
Throughout the game there was a change of protagonism. No one gave guarantees of feeling like a winner. In the second set, everything seemed to be on track for Musetti, the 20-year-old who showed that he has a great future on the tour. The Italian was 3-1, but Schwartzman won three games in a row. But this Peque, he is on his way to find the best version of himself yet and he has moments of uncertainty. Musetti did not forgive him and turned it around 5-4. But the end had prepared a show of strength for the Argentine, who ended up winning the second set 7-5 and sealed the victory.
The Argentine had just defeated American Mackenzie McDonald 6-2, 6-2. El Peque, a finalist this season at the ATPs in Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro, is now going for more.
Rafael Nadal, with 12 titles, is Barcelona’s top ATP winner, but is now absent with a rib injury. The top favorite is the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas, champion at the Monte Carlo Masters 1000.