Diego Schwartzman did not drag on the court this Thursday. In one hour of play, the current ninth player in the world qualified for the quarter-finals of the Rolex Masters Paris by easily dismissing Alejandro Davidovich Fokina (6-1, 6-1), who ranks 61st at the ATP . The Argentine left no chance for his opponent, dismissing the four break points that the 21-year-old had obtained.
In the next round, Diego Schwartzman will face Daniil Medvedev who overthrew Alex de Minaur (5-7, 6-1, 6-2) in 1h51. The stakes will be huge for the striker Rafael Nadal, during the Masters 1000 in Rome at the end of September: a victory in the quarterfinals will open the doors to the Masters in London. But Schwartzman will be doomed to the exploit. Since his debut on the professional circuit, he has never beaten the Muscovite in three encounters.
And suddenly Medvedev passed the second
The latter put a set before unfolding. However set off with a bang with an entry break, the world number 5 saw his Australian opponent catch up with him, then tack him to the post to turn in the lead. Medvedev then stepped up a gear and De Minaur, this time, was unable to reply. More aggressive, he began to dictate the exchanges from the bottom, to let go of his strikes and considerably reduced the number of his unforced errors (37 in all nevertheless).
The Russian especially raised the tone on his first ball: while he had lost 10 points behind in the only first set, he lost only 3 in the following two. A newfound authority which prevented De Minaur from obtaining the slightest break opportunity during these second and third rounds. Without a solution to the recovery, the Australian did not find more in the exchange, accusing the blow physically. His lack of power didn’t help him outwit an opponent now settled like clockwork.