The Peque took the height of the microphone gracefully in the ceremony that awarded Zverev as champion.
Diego Schwartzman, world number nine, could do little against German Alexander Zverev, seventh in the ranking, in the final of the ATP 250 Cologne. The local and top favorite was a true steamroller against the Argentine and took the title by winning the final in straight sets. But the fall did not affect the good mood of the Small, who starred in a fun moment at the award ceremony.
What happened? When the porteño approached the center of the field to give the traditional post-final speech, he found that the microphone in which he had to speak was installed at a significant height. Amused, he commented, “Come on, what’s this? You’re ready to go Sascha (nickname for Zverev) “.
Amid the laughter from the audience, from the journalist who was ready to ask him some questions and his own, the Argentine adjusted the microphone and then acknowledged: “Zverev played much better than me in this game.”
“He was very solid. And he deserved the win last week too, he played perfect,” said the Argentine, recalling the German’s consecration seven days ago, also in Cologne. And he added: “It is difficult to find answers to such a level and today things did not go well. I could not make my best game and that is why the final was not on my side.”
“I think the score says a lot about what the game was about. It was superior in almost all aspects and I couldn’t play, it cost me twice as much as the other days. They have been very long months, many very good tournaments, many things. new, new thoughts and, well, today I couldn’t focus when things were going well for me, it cost me a lot and he played better and better, “analyzed the Argentine.
And he closed: “I congratulate all the Zverev team and mine, with my girlfriend. To them, who have been with me for three months. It is not easy. It is not easy. Today it was not given to me. It has been a very good tournament. I congratulate the organizers, who managed to make a contest with such a difficult situation. We are fortunate to be able to play these tournaments. Thank you all for the effort. ”
For his part, Zverev was in charge of congratulating the Argentine. “He is one of the best in the world. I hope to see him back in London, congratulations to him and his team,” he said. And he celebrated his consecration: “Two days ago I was not sure if I could finish the tournament and now I have won it. I am happy that I decided to continue.”
The German precisely referred to End of the year Masters, which will bring together the eight best of the season in the British capital and which Peque is trying to qualify for for the first time.
With two tickets still available for the contest, Schwartzman was ninth in the “Race to London” with 3,285 points, behind the Russian Andrey Rublev with 3429. That position would be giving the Argentine the last place, since Roger Federer, fourth, not He will play the tournament after having closed his year for the operation on his knee.