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Rosario will face the number 5 in the world, Elina Svitolina. And the Peque will collide with Dominic Thiem.

The renewed Philippe Chatrier will be the scene this Tuesday of one of the most important days in recent times for Argentine tennis. In the main stadium of Roland Garros, Diego Schwartzman and Nadia Podoroska will try to extend their magical days in Paris, in two duels against dangerous rivals in which they will have a lot at stake. The porteño, 14th in the ranking, will face Austrian Dominic Thiem, third favorite and recent champion of the US Open, in the quarterfinals, and will look for a victory that will ensure him get into the top 10 for the first time. And Rosario, 131st in the ranking of the WTA, will go for a victory against the Ukrainian Elina Svitolina, fourth-seeded, to enter her first Grand Slam semi-final.

Podoroska will jump onto the court first, since she will play in the second turn, around 7.15 in our country. Then, around 8.30, Schwartzman will perform. The two games will be televised by ESPN. The quarterfinal day will be completed by the duels of Martina Trevisan with Iga Swiatek and Rafael Nadal (2nd) in front of Jannick Sinner, which will be played after the game of Small.

Schwartzman, 12th favorite of the French competition, arrived in Paris with the aim of getting into the top 10. The falls of several of his direct rivals in that race and his good performances left him facing a specific chance and depending only on him. If you beat Thiem and advance to the semi-finals, you will reach that elite group for the first time.

It will not be easy for the porteño, who did not give up sets throughout the tournament and has just defeated the Italian 6-1, 6-3 and 6-4 Lorenzo Sonego to match his best all-time performance in a “big one,” at least so far. In front of him he will have an opponent who plays very well on brick dust – he is for many the best player on this surface, behind Nadal – and who comes with high confidence after winning his first title in this category in New York.

However the Small has reasons to dream. He is also going through a great time and in the Masters 1000 de Roma He showed that he has the tennis and the head to face and beat anyone. In the Italian capital he even had the luxury of celebrating his first victory against Nadal, after nine consecutive defeats; and he complicated in the first set of the final Serbian Novak Djokovic, world number one.

In Paris, he reached the quarterfinals with three very solid wins and without losing sets. He beat the Serbian in his debut Miomir Kecmanovic, 41st in the ranking; in the second round to the Italian Lorenzo Giustino, 157 °; and in the third, to Slovak Norbert Gombos, 106 °; before dispatching Sonego.

Thiem, who lost the finals of this tournament to Nadal in 2018 and 2019 and this year was also a finalist in the Australian Open, also overcame the first three rounds without much trouble, with clear victories against Croatian Marin Cilic, 40th; the American Jack Sock, 310 °; and Norwegian Casper Ruud, 28th seeded. But on Sunday he needed five sets to beat the French. Hugo Gaston, 239 ° and one of the revelations of the contest.

Friends off the court and several times teammates in doubles; Schwartzman and Thiem have met eight times in the past, with six wins for the Austrian and two for the Argentine. Although it will be the first time they will collide in a Grand Slam.

Nadia Podoroska will also have a complicated commitment for the quarterfinals of the women’s team, because she will collide with Svitolina, number five in the world and one of the most dangerous players on brick dust on the WTA circuit. If she manages to hit the ground running, she will score the most important victory of her career and will enter the semis of a competition in this category for the first time, which will be a huge achievement for her and for all Argentine tennis.

Rosario is, without a doubt, the great surprise of the Roland Garros women’s team. She swept in qualifying, which she overcame without giving up sets, and then reaped victories against the German Greet Minnen (110th); kazaja Yulia Putintseva (27th), the Slovak Anna Karolina Schmiedlova (161ª) and the Czech Barbora Krejcikova (114th). Thus, it earned a place among the eight best, giving up just two sets, and became the first Argentine to access that instance since 2004, when the Pergaminense achieved it. Paola Suarez.

Svitolina will be a test of another level. Third favorite, the Ukrainian comes from defeating the French in two sets Caroline garcia and wants a place in the semis of a “big” for the third time. She’s reached that round twice, both last year at Wimbledon and the US Open.

Owner of a very complete tennis, she appears as a more than difficult obstacle for Podoroska. Although Nadia has an advantage: the Ukrainian does not know what she will find. Not only did they never face each other before, but also Svitolina herself acknowledged that she knew nothing about Rosario’s game.

“To be honest, I have no idea who it is. I heard her name, but I honestly don’t know at all. But if she has come so far it is because she is playing well, it necessarily has to be that way, “she evaluated on Sunday.

Argentina is experiencing the best season of her career and in the French capital she is reaping the fruits of many years of work. Like Schwartzman, she will try this Tuesday to extend her magical week in Paris, in a day in which they will seek to make more history for tennis in our country.

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