Diego Schwartzman vs Alexander Zverev, for the final of the ATP 250 in Cologne: the preview of a key match for the Argentine

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The Peque defines the tournament against the local from 15.30. “I’m going to have to play great tennis,” he said before his first top ten final.

Diego Schwartzman, ninth in the world ranking, will play his first final as a member of the top ten this Sunday, October 25. He will do it against the German Alexander Zverev, local in the ATP 250 in Cologne, in a key match for his goal of reaching the London Masters in November.

The match It will be played at 15:30 (Argentine time) in the German city. It will be at 7:30 p.m. local time and the four hours difference is due to the fact that the time zone in Europe changed just this Sunday. There will be live and direct televising of DirecTV, through its 615 and 1615 HD channels, as well as DirecTV Go.

It was not an easy victory for the second seed of the tournament, the semi-final against Felix Auger-Aliassime. He Small He used two hours and 31 minutes to beat the Canadian 6-4, 5-7 and 6-4, just 20 years old and 22nd in the world, who maintained his aggressiveness until the end and prevented the Argentine from closing the game when he served 5-4 in the second set.

He’s the invincible man, undefeated here. He is a great player, he likes to play in Germany, he has many titles here, he is very confident. So I have to rest and be ready, “Schwartzman remarked about Zverev, rival of his tenth ATP final, after a match that demanded him physically and mentally.

“I have to beat the invincible man then, heh,” joked who will play his third final in the season, after the Masters 1000 in Rome and the ATP in Córdoba. And he comes from being a semifinalist at Roland Garros, where he lost to champion Rafael Nadal.

Zverev beat 19-year-old Jannik Sinner (46) of Italy 7-6 6-3 in one hour and 48 minutes in the first semifinal.

It will be the fourth time that both players have faced each other. In 2014, on the brick dust of Kitzbuhel, the Argentine won 6-1 and 6-0. Zverev won in the round of 16 of the Masters 1000 in Paris, on concrete and indoors, 6-4 and 6-2.

And in the only duel in a Grand Slam, Schwartzman defeated the German in the round of 16 of the US Open 2019 by 3-6, 6-2, 6-4 and 6-3.

The Argentine knows what his next stop will be. He will face Serbian Dusan Lajovic in the opening round of the ATP 500 from Viena, which will have Novak Djokovic, the world number one, as the top favorite, according to the draw for the main draw carried out this Saturday.

Lajovic (25) is a rival who he beat three times, in Istanbul 2017 and in the 2018 and 2020 editions of the Australian Open, and with whom he lost on one occasion, in the Davis Cup series played at the Tecnópolis venue in 2015, that Argentina beat Serbia.

In the case of advancing to the round of 16, the Small he would meet the winner of the cross between the Pole Hubert Hurkacz (31) and a tennis player emerged from the classification.

The Vienna ATP 500 will distribute prizes of 1,550,950 euros and will have Austrian Dominic Thiem (3) as second seed, who will also defend the title. Meanwhile, the third will be Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas (5), fourth the Russian Daniil Medvedev (6), fifth his compatriot Andrey Rublev (8) and sixth Schwartzman (9).

The Viennese competition has been played since 1974 and the only Argentine to lift the trophy throughout history was Juan Martín Del Potro, from Tandil, who was crowned champion in the 2012 edition.

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