Late on Tuesday evening, Diego Schwartzman logged the biggest win of his career, coming back from 2-5 in the third set and saving four match points to upset third seed Dominic Thiem 6-4, 6-7(7), 7-5 in nearly three hours of play.
For the 24-year-old Argentine, this hard-fought triumph was his first top 10 win, and it came following the best match he’s played so far in his career.
Facing a great friend of his, in an encounter in which each knew his rival’s game by heart, Schwartzman took a giant step forward, keeping his ground and never relenting, even when the situation became desperate in the decisive set.
“It’s a win I’ve been waiting for for a long time”, an elated but exhausted Schwartzman told us after the match. “Truth is that it was a complicated match. I don’t think that he played well in the first set, and I took advantage of my chances. Both of us were playing great tennis in the second. I got some chances but I couldn’t take them. And it got complicated for me in the third. He played better than me, but I was able to save several match points, being down in the score, and saved them. So I’m very happy.”
For now, however, it is time for Schwartzman to enjoy a much deserved day of rest… and his visit of the city.
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