If the Argentine beats Dominic Thiem in the quarterfinals on Tuesday, he will be among the top ten in the ranking for the first time. But if you lose there are variants that would make you enter the same.
The defeat to Novak Djokovic in the final of the Masters 1000 in Rome left Diego Schwartzman with a double bitter taste: he could not get a tournament of this caliber for the first time and he missed the chance to reach the top ten of the world ranking, something that until now has not achieved. But hey if she has a rematch at Roland Garros, with the enormous possibility that opened up to her after getting into the quarterfinals.
“I have been working for a long time to be top ten, because getting there gives you a very high level,” acknowledged the Buenos Aires before starting his journey at the French Open. Without setting excessive goals that, although he might well achieve (why would he remove it from the batch of title candidates?), Perhaps they would mean a bigger backpack on his back.
Schwartzman goes step by step. “I was only one game away in Rome and now I have a new opportunity. But maybe it’s the last of the year, because there aren’t many more big tournaments left to play. So I’ll try to take advantage of it, “she said in the run-up to the Paris Grand Slam.
Due to the pandemic, it was determined that no tennis player will lose points this year: only those who win will be added and no one will have to defend those obtained. What then does the Argentine need to be the 12th top ten in the country?
If today a ranking was put together with the points that everyone had so far, Schwartzman (who started the tournament in 14th place) would be the tenth in the world. Of course, there is still a long way to go, so it is convenient to review the possibilities.
The first option is the one in his hands or, rather, in his racket: if he defeats Dominic Thiem this Tuesday in the quarterfinals and reaches the semifinals, the Argentine will reach 3,180 points, enough to secure a place in the top ten and that they could allow you, depending on other results, until being eighth.
On the other hand, if he loses to the Austrian, recent winner of the US Open, Schwartzman can only be top ten with these conditions: yes Andrey Rublev he loses his duel this Monday at 6 o’clock with the Hungarian Marton Fucsovics; if Fucsovics is not champion; and if none of the trio made up of Karen Khachanov (plays against Djokovic), Pablo Carreño Busta (brought to Altmaeir) and Grigor Dimitrov (versus Stefanos Tsitsipas) to the final.
He Small he does the math, but he knows it better than anyone: once again, the great goal is in his hands.
Until now, eleven of his compatriots have slipped into this privileged group: Guillermo Vilas (2nd), Juan Martín Del Potro, David Nalbandian and Guillermo Coria (3rd), José Luis Clerc (4th), Gastón Gaudio (5th) , Guillermo Cañas (8th), Alberto Mancini (8th), Mariano Puerta (9th), Juan Mónaco and Martín Jaite (10th).
Diego Schwartzman wants to be part of the 12 apostles of Argentine tennis.