Matteo Berrettini fell surprisingly before the American Giron in the Masters 1000 in Paris and was left with no chances of accessing the big event in London.
Little by little the necessary steps are being carried out. Diego Schwartzman, between the great results he achieves on the court and the falls of his direct rivals, is very close to playing the London Masters. And the surprise fall this Tuesday of the Italian Matteo Berrettini for the second round of Paris Masters 1000 left the Small one step away from reaching the tournament that is, as he himself admitted, his great objective these days.
Berrettini was in the French capital the great rival that the Argentine had, but he needed to make a great performance to position himself well in the race to reach the big event. And the american Marcos Giron (91st in the world ranking) surprised him by beating him 7-6 (7-3), 6-7 (0-7) and 7-5, to leave him definitely without a chance to reach London.
Are you insured Small now the classification? No, but it was close. Because the only one of his pursuers who could overcome him in Paris would be the Spanish Pablo Carreño Busta, classified to the round of 16, but would need to win the tournament to displace him from ninth place in the Race of Champions.
Even if Carreño (ninth seed of the tournament) were to become champion, which would be a big surprise – logic places him in an eventual quarter-final match against Rafael Nadal, for example – Schwartzman would still have the chance to overcome him just by winning. a party in the French capital.
He will have precisely that possibility this Wednesday, when he makes his debut at 8.20 (Argentine time) against the veteran French Richard Gasquet, in a game that will be televised by ESPN.
In the event that all the results are against in Paris, the Argentine would still have one last chance to score points in the ATP 250 in Sofia, a tournament that will be played next week and in which he is registered. But it is very likely that he will not even have to wait for that to become the first Argentine since 2013, when Juan Martín Del Potro did, to play the tournament reserved for the best eight of the season.