The Peque and the Austrian are friends and had a different experience in the mythical stadium. It was so peculiar that the Argentine tied a bruise on one eye.
Without giving up a set, Diego Schwartzman makes history at Roland Garros. This Sunday he beat the Italian in straight sets Lorenzo Sonego by 6-1, 6-3 and 6-4, in two hours and two minutes of play. If this Tuesday he beats Austrian Dominic Thiem in the quarterfinals, he will be the top ten for the first time in his career. Both maintain a friendship and remember the passage through the Bombonera, where they played soccer-tennis.
The European and the Small they shared a couple in doubles on more than one occasion. Not only that, but also outside the ATP agenda they played together in 2018 on the Boca stadium lawn.
Taking advantage of the fact that he had come to the country to play the Argentina Open, both tennis players participated in a solidarity action on that court.
“It’s a great club, but there is no place for a second team in my heart,” the Austrian confessed at that time. Next to him was Schwartzman, a Boca fan who explained that the European “is a very Chelsea fan and does not want to change”.
Schwartzman has blue blood and gold. Sure, the tennis player from Villa Crespo is a fan full time de Boca and has repeatedly demonstrated his madness for the team led by Miguel Ángel Russo.
In February 2018, he fulfilled his dream of stepping on the Bombonera in the previous match. But it was not the only thing that made her smile that day, as she received the ovation of all the fans.
A curiosity? In that fun meeting between Small and Thiem, Schwartzman approached the net to try to head butt and his partner in the game, kneeled him hard in the face. And the Argentine ended up with an impressive bruise under his right eye.
He also left a pearl when he was unconcentrated in a press conference, he was barely champion of the ATP 500 in Rio de Janeiro. The reason? “Boca is playing and I’m looking at my cell phone to see how it goes …”, confessed the Small before the microphones.
In 2019, he left a joking phrase that also shows his love for Boca. “I prefer to leave River out of the Copa Libertadores before winning the Davis Cup,” he said with a laugh, when there was little left for the historic crossing in Madrid.
The history between Schwartzman and Thiem is eight games, with two wins for the Argentine and six for the Austrian. He Small won in the semis of the Argentina Open 2019 by 2-6, 6-4 and 7-6 (7-5) and in the second round of the Masters 1000 of Canada in 2017 by 6-4, 6-7 (7-9) and 7-5). The closest antecedent was in the ATP Cup in Australia this year, with a 6-3 and 7-6 (7-3) in favor of Thiem.