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Schwartzman bends Thiem

ByRoborto Sykes

Oct 7, 2020

It is definitely a special day for Argentina. After the surprise qualification for the semi-finals of the women’s table of the qualifier Nadia Podoroska, it was Diego Schwartzman who signed another major feat by releasing the recent winner of the US Open and double finalist Dominic Thiem after a huge fight in five sets of 5:08. It is an understatement to say that the little Argentinian has shown resilience to afford his first Grand Slam semi-final. After pocketing the first round, taking advantage of the Austrian’s surprising mistakes at the end of the set, the Buenos Aires moped had two much more frustrating following rounds. At 5-4 for him in the third set, he missed a penalty forehand that would have given him two set points. Aware that he should not miss his chance, Thiem took the opportunity to press his strikes and put a maximum of intensity to finally pick up a round everywhere (7-5).

A foolproof mind

The third set was going to prove even more cruel for Schwartzman. Serving to lead two innings to one at 5-3 in his favor, the Argentinian completely missed his game to let his opponent return. In the process, he missed a set point at 5-4 making a big mistake. Still as fighter, the 14th player in the world fought in the decisive game to come back from two mini-breaks behind, but it was Thiem who pocketed this third round by concluding with a winning smash. Led two sets to one with a break behind, Schwartzman continued to hang on where many would have failed. Despite three missed first set points at 5-4, the Argentinian managed to pocket an intense tie-break by not hesitating to come to the net, despite many passes conceded so far, to afford the ball of set which he will eventually manage to convert.

Another prestigious success

In the fifth, Thiem seemed to blame the blow after already having delivered a big fight against Hugo Gaston last Sunday. Conversely, Schwartzman could count on his freshness after not having let slip any set during the previous rounds. After a poor serve play, Thiem gave his opponent the break at 4-2. The Argentine offered himself the luxury of concluding the game by chaining four games in a row. With his arms raised in the sky, he could savor the greatest success of his career shortly after having already offered Rafael Nadal at the Masters 1000 in Rome.

ROLAND-GARROS (Paris, France, Grand Slam, clay, € 42,661,000)
Title holder: Rafael Nadal (ESP)

Djokovic (SER, n ° 1) – Carreño Busta (ESP, n ° 17)
Rublev (RUS, n ° 13) – Tsitsipas (GRE, n ° 5)
Schwartzman (ARG, n ° 12) bat Thiem (AUT, n ° 3): 7-6 (1), 5-7, 6-7 (6), 7-6 (5), 6-2
Sinner (ITA) – Nadal (ESP, n ° 2)

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