Diego Schwartzman: “My goal is to get to London; it’s the only thing on my mind”

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This was confirmed in a talk with the ATP in the preview of his debut in the French capital, which will be in the second round against Frenchman Richard Gasquet

Diego Schwartzman has a clear objective for this week, in which he will play the Masters 1000 in Paris. The Argentine, world number nine, wants to qualify for the London Masters for the first time, the tournament that brings together the best eight players of the year at the end of each season. This was confirmed in a talk with the ATP in the preview of his debut in the French capital, which will be in the second round against the French Richard Gasquet, winner this Tuesday of the American Taylor Fritz 6-0, 3-6 and 6-3.

“My goal is to get to London. It was something that I did not think about a few months ago, but now it is the only thing I have in mind. It would be very special to be in that tournament,” said the Small, which comes from basting the final in the Rome Masters, the semis at Roland Garros and another final in Cologne.

“At the beginning of the year my goal was to be Top 10. This season I started very well, but then I got injured, the pandemic came and when I returned after the break I did not achieve good results. After some comebacks in Rome, which helped me to play every Getting better and doing well in big tournaments, I was able to do it. From there, it became clear that my new goal is London, “he said.

With only one available ticket, his great rival is Matteo Berretini, to which he has an advantage of just 410 points in the ranking of the season. The Italian will also play in Paris. There is a range of results that would allow Schwartzman to say goodbye to the French competition with the ticket to London in his pocket. But he tries not to get ahead of himself.

“I have less pressure than my pursuers due to the difference in points. They must do well and also hope that I do not win games. I have to continue playing well, like the last weeks. That is the most important thing: being ready to play the first day and then see what happens. I can’t think about the others, but I can think about what is in my power “, he commented.

The porteño also took the opportunity to review what he experienced in recent months and analyzed what was the key factor to be able to break for the first time the barrier of the top 10, which he reached after his historic participation in Roland Garros.

“The difference was reaching the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam and beating one of the Top 5 in that round,” he commented, recalling his triumph in that instance of the “great” Parisian against Dominic Thiem, world number three.

“There were the points that I was missing. Or to win the semifinals of a Masters 1000. That was the difference in points that I was missing, just two games in those rounds of those tournaments are 500 or 600 points was what I needed to be Top 10. I had managed to beat many of those players, but never in those rounds of those tournaments. I was able to do it in Rome, and also at Roland Garros, “he continued.

And he acknowledged that the great moment he is living not only left him as a benefit that climb in the ranking, but also confidence and “the respect of your rivals.”

“Winning a player like Rafael Nadal like this on brick dust (NdR: he beat him in the quarterfinals in Rome) and then also defeating Thiem at Roland Garros causes the rivals to have more respect for you and also more doubts. All that generates different conditions when playing, which favor you “, he commented.

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