The Peque not only debuted with enormous solidity, but rivals have already fallen that could complicate the road.
Diego Schwartzman has the top 10 between eyebrows. Getting into that elite group is the next big goal the Small, today located in the 14th step of the ranking. He could do it at Roland Garros, where he must reach at least the quarterfinals to have a chance to break that barrier. And the start of the French Grand Slam invites you to get excited. Not only because of his solid debut, giving up just four games to defeat the dangerous Serbian Miomir Kecmanovic, but also because of the good news that reaches him about the destinies of his rivals, which is paving the way for him.
For now, his second-round rival will be the Italian Lorenzo Giustino, 157 °, coming from qualifying and coming from getting his first win in a match of more than six hours, one of the longest in the history of the tournament. Giustino, 29, had jumped onto the pitch on Sunday, like Schwartzman, to face the Frenchman in the first round. Corentin Moutet, 71 °. However, the rain forced the action to be suspended in the third set. This Monday, the Italian won the victory by 0-6, 7-6 (9-7), 7-6 (7-3), 2-6 and 18-16 after 6 hours and 5 minutes.
It was the second longest match in the history of Roland Garros, after which the French Fabrice Santoro he will beat his compatriot Arnaud Clement in the first round of 2004 by 6-4, 6-3, 6-7 (5-7), 3-6 and 16-14 in six hours and 33 minutes, also over two days.
Schwartzman had defeated Kecmanovic 6-0, 6-1 and 6-3 in Sunday’s debut in just one hour and 47 minutes. Thus, he will not only arrive at the second round match on Wednesday with one more day of rest for Giustino, but with much less playing time on top – he was on the court less than a third of his rival’s time -, which could give him an advantage. important to that game.
A new victory would put Schwartzman in the third round, in which he would have to face an opponent much less complicated than expected. Why Borna Coric, 24th seeded and the most dangerous player that could come across the Argentine in that instance, said goodbye in the debut. The Croatian, 27th in the world, lost 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 and 6-4 against the Slovak Norbert Gombos (106th).
Gombos will be measured in the second round with Austrian Jurij Rodionov, 170th from qualifying, who beat Frenchman Jeremy Chardy, 65th in a duel of more than four and a half hours. Either of those two players are, on paper, adversaries that Schwartzman should defeat without major problems.
If that logic is given, the Small He will be very close to being in position to make the jump to the top 10. And thinking about the round of 16, this Monday came another good news. Because the draw had marked that in the fourth round, the greatest threat to the Argentine was Frenchman Gael Monfils, eighth seed and an always dangerous tennis player on slow courts. But the French, number nine in the world, lost 6-4, 7-5, 3-6 and 6-3 with the Kazakh Alexander Bublik, 49th in the world, and left Schwartzman before a much clearer stage.
Now, his possible opponent in the round of 16 will be between Bublik, who has just reached the quarter-finals in Hamburg; the Italian Lorenzo Sonego (46th), the American Taylor Fritz (27th seed) or Moldovan Radu Albot (79 °). All less complicated players than Monfils and who will not start as favorites against the Argentine.
Schwartzman then has a much clearer path to the quarterfinals than was expected in the preview of the contest. From the fifth round, the story is different. For that instance, the Austrian Dominic Thiem, third favorite, appears on the horizon, and facing the semis, the Spanish Rafael Nadal, second and undisputed king on the Parisian brick dust, beyond the historic victory that Schwartzman achieved by the quarterfinals. end of the Masters 1000 in Rome just over a week ago.
Will have time Small to worry about those potential crashes. His main objective today is to add three more victories and get among the top eight of the French Grand Slam to have concrete chances of reaching the top 10. He knows that it does not depend only on him to enter that elite in the ranking, because he will have to wait to be Give some results from your rivals. He must concentrate on doing his part, and the first days in Paris opened the picture for him and left him with quite accessible rivals, who invite him to dream big.