Rome Masters 1000, live: Diego Schwartzman vs Denis Shapovalov, for the semifinal, with Novak Djokovic waiting for the title

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The Argentine and the Canadian play in the Foro Italico from around 14 in Argentina.

With the celebrations of his exciting triumph over Rafael Nadal still echoing in the corners of the Foro Italico, Diego Schwartzman will go for more on the brick dust of the Masters 1,000 de Roma. If the eighth favorite of the contest beats the Canadian in the semifinals Denis Shapovalov, will advance to the final on Monday, in which Serbian Novak Djokovic, world number one, is already waiting.

According to the official program, the game will start no earlier than 14:00 in Argentina and will be televised by ESPN2.

He Small, 15th in the ranking, wants to get into the decisive match of a tournament of this category for the first time, the second most important on the circuit behind the Grand Slams.

The hit on Saturday against the Mallorcan, with whom he had lost the nine duels they had played previously, allowed him to match his best performance, at least until this Sunday, which he had achieved in May last year in this same contest. On that occasion, he fell in three sets to Djokovic and was left with the desire to fight for the title.

Schwartzman had not arrived in the Italian capital at a good time. In none of the three contests that he had played since the season resumed after the stoppage due to the coronavirus pandemic had he managed to string together two consecutive wins.

In the bubble of Flushing Meadows, he fell in the second round of the 1,000 Masters in Cincinnati and in the debut of the US Open and already in Europe, he lost in his second presentation in Kitzbühel.

But in Rome he turned the page. He was adding confidence and rhythm of the game as the games went by. And in the victory against Nadal he played the best tennis of his life, as he himself recognized. “I really did not think of beating him because he had not been playing well. But today I did my best and I am very happy,” he said.

He Little, who will get into the top 10 for the first time if he wins the title, will now look for one more victory against an opponent he never faced before and who, despite appearing lower in the list of seeded of the Roman tournament is 14th in the ATP ranking, one notch above the porteño.

Shapovalov beat Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov (22nd) in the semis and wants to get into the final of a Masters 1,000 for the second time, after losing last year in Paris to Djokovic.

The Serbian, the top favorite of the tournament, beat Norwegian Casper Ruud 7-5 and 6-3 earlier and awaits in the decisive stage of the Italian tournament the winner of the duel between the Argentine and the Canadian.


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