The Argentine tennis player won over Australian John Millman 6-4, 7-6 (7-1). Now he waits for the winner of the cross between the Polish Hurkacz and the Russian Rublev.
Diego Schwartzman beat Australian John Millman on Thursday 6-4 and 7-6 (7-1) and advanced to the round of 16 of the Masters 1000 in Rome, the first important stop on the pre-Roland Garros brick dust tour.
The Peque, Argentine tennis player best placed in the ATP world ranking (15th), took two hours and 19 minutes to defeat Millman (43rd) and will play his next match this Friday against the winner of the cross between the Pole Hubert Hurkacz (31st ) and Russian Andrey Rublev (12th).
The 28-year-old Argentine had lost to Millman the only time they had met. It was in the 2016 edition of the Australian Open, although on that occasion it was a fast surface and not in brick dust like that of the Masters disputed in Italy.
After the defeat of the Rosario Federico Coria against the Italian Matteo Berrettini by 7-5 and 6-1 in the second round, Schwartzman is the only tennis player who represents the Argentine flag in the contest.
The competition has as top favorite the Serbian Novak Djokovic, first in the ATP world ranking, who will seek to win this trophy for the fifth time, although the great attraction is the Spanish Rafael Nadal (2nd), defending champion and top champion with nine trophies.
Nadal reappeared on the circuit this Wednesday after more than six months of inactivity due to the interruption of tennis due to the coronavirus pandemic and beat his compatriot Pablo Carreño Busta (18th), recent semifinalist of the US Open, by 6-1 and 6-1.
The next game of Rafa It will be this Friday for the round of 16 against the winner of the cross between Canadian Milos Raonic (19th) and Serbian Dusan Lajovic (25th).
Djokovic, for his part, beat Italian Salvatore Caruso (87th) in the second round on Wednesday and will play this Friday in the round of 16 against his compatriot Filip Krajinovic (29th).
The contest, which will distribute prizes for 3,465,045 euros, had three Argentine champions: Guillermo Vilas (1980), José Luis Clerc (1981) and Alberto Mancini (1989). Will Schwartzman be able to engrave his name alongside the greats of history?
With information from Télam.