The Peque will collide with the Spanish in search of the quarterfinals. He wants to secure his qualification to the London Masters.
Diego Schwartzman will seek this Thursday to advance to the quarterfinals of the Paris Masters 1000 and take another step in the search for qualification to the London Masters, which will be ensured if he reaches the semis in the French capital. The sixth favorite of the tournament will face the Spanish in the first turn -from 7 in Argentina- Alejandro Davidovich Fokina, from the classification, with live televising of ESPN.
The Small, number nine in the world, comes from beating the French 7-5 and 6-3 in his debut Richard Gasquet, a player who had won the three previous duels. Meanwhile, the Spanish, 63rd in the ranking, defeated another local representative 6-4 and 6-4, Benjamin Bonzi, executioner of Federico Coria in the first round.
It will be the third time that Schwartzman and Davidovich will face each other on a court. The porteño stayed with the two matches they played previously, both this season. In January, she prevailed in three sets in the second round of the Australian Open. And two weeks ago, he was on the verge of collapse but managed to beat him in the quarterfinals of the ATP 250 in Cologne by 2-6, 7-6 (7-3) and 6-1.
“Alejandro is playing very well, he is doing a very good tournament. In Cologne he showed that he can beat me, he came within one point, he dominated the game. He has a very large capacity, he has been progressing a lot, it will be very difficult. I hope that he match is like the last two sets in Cologne and not like the first “, anticipated Schwartzman, recalling that duel in the German tournament.
The Small will try to add his third victory against the Spanish to continue advancing towards the great objective with which he arrived in Paris: to secure the last ticket for the great event at the end of the season, which will be played at the O2 Arena in London from November 15 to 22 .
The fall in the second round of the Italian Matteo Berrettini, which was his main threat in the race to the English capital, and the defeat in that same instance of the Belgian David Goffin, another who had a chance of stealing his space, they paved the way a little more.
With his victory against Gasquet, the porteño left the Swiss Stan Wawrinka unable to qualify, who will no longer be able to reach him. If he defeats Davidovich and advances to the quarterfinals, he will take the Canadian out of the fight Milos Raonic. And if he reaches the semifinals, he will drop the Spanish from the fight Pablo Carreño Busta and their presence will be guaranteed among the contest that will bring together the “Masters” of the season.
If they do not advance to the quarterfinals, both Raonic and Carreño Busta will have the chance to surpass him in points, although for that they must win in Paris and in the ATP 250 in Sofia, since only then the Canadian would add 3425 and the Spanish, 3515 against the 3365 of the Peque. Likewise, in the event of an unexpected defeat in Paris, the porteño will play his last card in the Bulgarian contest, next week, for which he is already registered.
Schwartzman depends on himself to get to London and he knows it. But it is not trusted.
“I feel good, because I have the chance to qualify in my hands. I am giving my best and I feel very good. From Rome I am trusting and playing very good tennis. So I want to go to London and I hope to do so”, commented after his triumph against Gasquet.
And he added: “I do everything in my power and I am also seeing what those behind them do. They have to win one or two tournaments, but they are rivals who have done it and can do it again. I don’t want to generate false expectations. But it is in my power to continue winning games and qualify without depending on anyone. “