The Argentine was eliminated from the ATP Finals without being able to win a match, but closed what was undoubtedly the best year of his career.
Diego Schwartzman closed his participation in the London Masters, after a meritorious classification as one of the eight best tennis players of the season on the ATP circuit, with a defeat against Russian Daniil Medvedev, who was already qualified for the semifinal against Rafael Nadal . In one hour and 13 minutes, the world number 4 won 6-3 and 6-3.
The current world number 9 left the contest without smiles, as he had fallen with Novak Djokovic and Alexander Zverev. The Serbian was the other classified in the group Tokyo 1970 and will be measured in the other match of semis against Dominic Thiem.
The Argentine found himself before a rival who, far from slowing down thinking about the next match, seemed to put all the meat on the grill precisely to end the lawsuit as soon as possible.
Without finding loopholes, little could the Small, which never managed to hurt the European game. If the first game could be a symptom, he already had to fight it after starting 0-30.
It didn’t tickle him even getting close to some break opportunity and he had to struggle not to have a worse time: he had to save six. On two occasions he could not and the world number 4 took the set comfortably.
The Russian bet to make the least possible expense without giving anything away. He did not overextend himself in games in which Diego had a certain advantage and sought to take advantage of those in which his powerful serve responded to him.
In the second set, Medvedev did not take his foot off the gas and continued to dominate the game. As soon as he saw a beam of light, he increased the rhythm, struck deep with great precision and put the porteño against the ropes.
Hidalgo, Schwartzman did not hide his face of frustration but neither did he resign intensity and commitment, which was evident when he recovered a break to be 2-4 down after a start in which the last Paris Masters 1000 champion had reduced him to its minimal expression.
Thus, he crushed the Argentine, who could not win victories in the contest but who also concluded the best year of his career, qualifying for this tournament for the first time in the same way that he reached the top ten (he was 8th, today is 9 °) and was a semi-finalist at Roland Garros.
In the midst of the pandemic, Schwartzman definitely became one of the best tennis players in the world, entered the select group of the top 10 rackets in the classification and was the eighth Argentine to play the Masters Cup.
Now it will be the turn of the Boca fanatic to rest, enjoy the harvest and next year they will be able to think about the next step: confirm what their first two victories were against players ranked among the best five in the world.
In this 2020 he achieved it after 22 games, by beating Nadal in no less than brick dust, for the quarterfinals of the Rome Masters. And he did it again in the same instance of Roland Garros, beating none other than Dominic Thiem, who had just won the US Open.