Despite his fall in the final against Novak Djokovic, he showed an enormous level that places him among the candidates to be the protagonist at Roland Garros. What are your goals in a career on the rise.
Diego Schwartzman had to settle for lifting the runner-up trophy in the Masters 1000 de Roma, after losing the final to Novak Djokovic. It was not the closing I had dreamed of for a magical week. But Small he will never forget what he experienced in recent days in the Italian capital. Because on the brick dust of Italic Forum, he returned to meet his best version, played a tennis of the highest level and even had the pleasure of defeating Rafael Nadal for the first time, the undisputed king of slow courts, and of fighting the number one in the world in the definition of tournament. And he found that the work he has been doing for several seasons with his team is leading him on the right path. More than positive balance, especially thinking about the next great goal, Roland Garros, where he could be one of the protagonists.
After getting off the ATP 500 in Hamburg that was launched this Monday, the Argentine will arrive in Paris with confidence through the roof. And it is very clear what will be your goal in the “big” French, which will be launched next Monday.
“I came from playing badly at the US Open and I have that in mind. quick rematch in a Grand Slam because in recent years he had been very good at those tournaments. Also, last year I had already made the semifinals in Rome and then I lost against Leo Mayer in the second round of Roland Garros and I would have liked to do better “, analyzed the Argentine after the fall in the final in Rome against Djokovic 7-5 and 6-3.
He also made it clear that he has what to support his illusion: “I hope that next week is good for me and that I can play great tennis. The reality is that if I warm up well, my strokes go well and I get the rhythm, I have I’m very confident that things are going to work out. I hope that when I get there I will have a good feeling in the first training session and the tournament will go well. As I only defend a second round I have room to score some points. “
At Roland Garros, Schwartzman achieved one of his best ever Grand Slam results. It was in 2018, when he reached the quarterfinals and fell to Nadal, but not before stealing the first set of that match from the Mallorcan. That year, his great performance in Bois de Boulogne It was almost a surprise, because in the previous tournaments of the brick dust tour he had not achieved great results. For this reason, his visit to Rome invites you to get excited. As well as the growth he showed in his game in recent seasons.
From the hand of his coach Juan Ignacio Chela and his physical trainer Martiniano Orazi, Schwartzman improved his tennis a lot and found a way to make the most of his best weapons and not let his height -with 1.70 meters is one of the lowest on the circuit- and the low incidence he can get with his serve, his less lethal blow, play against it. This was recognized a few days ago.
“There is a huge work that is not seen, on a day-to-day basis. I always sought to improve and have all the best by my side, because I know that I am not going to win three or four points with the serve in a game, that things They are not going to be easy for me and I am going to have to run two or three balls per point If I am not fine, what happened in the last weeks, on the return of the circuit, could happen to me and the results did not come. So I work to the maximum so that when I am well, I can enjoy weeks like this. We have been talking about that a lot with Juan and my team, “he explained.
That reflection made it clear how much he was frustrated by the poor performances he had shown in the resumption of the season after the stoppage due to the health crisis, and also why the passage through Rome left him such good feelings, beyond that he could not shout champion.
When he landed in the Italian capital, the little not having a good time. The six months without activity had taken their toll on the return of the circuit, in which he had not performed as expected, and he tacked early eliminations Cincinnati, el US Open y Kitzbühel. Thus, he came to the Foro Italico with the need to regain confidence in his game. And so he did.
“It’s complicated when you have many defeats, that takes a bit of confidence. You spend hours on the court trying to correct a blow, you spend hours trying to change your attitude. But when you enter a game there is pressure,” he had commented after winning in his debut against the Australian John Millman.
It was the first win of a historic week for him. A couple of days later, he had the pleasure of hitting Nadal in the quarterfinals and signing his first victory in ten games against the Mallorcan. And then he beat the Canadian in the semifinals Denis Shapovalov, another very tough rival, in a match lasting more than three hours, to come face to face with Djokovic in the final, the first for him in this category of tournaments.
In the game for the title, he played as equals against the leader of the ranking – who became the highest winner of Masters 1,000 in history – and at times he knew how to dominate the game. Therefore, beyond the fall, he took many positive feelings.
“Here I could break one more barrier, of those that one writes down in the book of objectives. I had made quarter and semis at a Masters 1000 and this year I was able to reach a final. That is a great joy and it makes me and my team see that I grew up. To continue evolving, I have to beat those who are at the top in the quarters and semifinals of these tournaments. If I want to take another step, I have to repeat weeks like these in the year, feel capable of doing it, “reflected the Argentine
Djokovic himself acknowledged: “Diego played very well in the final. And he had many long and very good games here. He got a fantastic victory against Rafael Nadal in the quarterfinals and another against Shapovalov in the semis. He had a phenomenal tournament.”
Established for some years among the best in the ranking, Schwartzman has already made a name for himself on the circuit and his colleagues know that he will be a tough opponent to beat on any surface. But his performance in Rome confirmed that he can stand up to it and beat anyone. And it positioned him as one of the names that promise to be protagonists at Roland Garros. Like to dream big well.