The Peque spoke of his enthusiasm for the clash against Djokovic and the special pressure he felt this week in Rome.
Diego Schwartzman will go this Monday from 12 (Argentine time) for the big hit in the final of the Masters 1,000 in Rome. The Argentine, 15th in the ranking, will face Serbian Novak Djokovic, world number one, in a duel in which he will not start as a favorite. And although he is aware of the difficulty of commitment, he feels that dreaming of victory it is not a utopia. Especially because he will have special motivations to leave everything on the court.
“I would not tell you that it is an impossible game, but it is very very difficult. My only options are to play at more than one hundred percent of my possibilities and take advantage of every opportunity I may have. I must forget about everything that surrounds the game, prepare it as one more and do all the previous things well, “said the Buenos Aires man, after his triumph in the semis against Denis Shapovalov.
He Small He added: “I play a lot of things tomorrow and I do it against an incredible player. two big dreams as a tennis player: win a big tournament and be top 10. Both will be up for grabs in the final. Hopefully I can take advantage of the accumulated experience and that everything goes well. “
Schwartzman, who will play his first final in a Masters, acknowledged that this magical week that he is living in Rome -with his first win against the Spaniard Rafael Nadal included- is the result of the great work he has been doing for several seasons with his coach Juan Ignacio Chela and all her team.
“There is a huge job that is not seen, on a day-to-day basis. I always sought to improve and have all the best by my side, because I know – and I verified it against Shapovalov – that I am not going to win three or four points with the serve. in a game, that things are not going to be easy for me and that I will have to run two or three balls per point. If I am not fine, what happened in the last weeks, on the return of the circuit and the results did not happen. So I work to the maximum so that when I am well, I can enjoy weeks like this. We have been talking a lot with Juan and my team “, commented the Small.
“This same week in Rome I went through many ups and downs due to the pressure that was imposed on me, the desire to do well and to give joy to people who have a bad time in Argentina … Luckily, I managed to direct things,” he said.
On his match against Shapovalov, in which he had to battle for more than three hours to seal his place in the final, he said: “It was a very difficult game against a very aggressive player who was inspired. There was a lot at stake for both and that was felt in many sections of the match, with palpable nerves. I think I took very good advantage of my great opportunity, which occurred when he was beginning to look victorious. He played better than me throughout the third set and deserved to win it before, but I endured that and in the tiebreak I was superior “.