Temper. Security. Trust. Winning mindset. Diego Schwartzman came back from a match that he had practically lost against Alejandro Davidovich Fokina by 2-6, 7-6 (3) and 6-1 in the ATP 250 of Cologne 2, Germany (indoors, on hard surface) and got into the semifinals. The Argentine is approaching the London Masters and is now waiting for Felix Auger-Aliassime or Yoshihito Nishioka to define his place in the final.
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The porteño, current number 9 in the ranking, managed to reach the semifinals of an ATP tournament for the third time in a row (Rome, Roland Garros and Cologne). In fact, it is the first time in his career that he has done it. The concrete thing is that this triumph against the Spanish has a special flavor, because the Argentine recovered a match point (in the second set, inclusive, he came to be at a disadvantage by 5-2).
“Sometimes tennis is very crazy. Although I always look for the return to try to win the matches, to fight them until the end. Alejandro is a great tennis player and he really played very well in the first two sets,” he analyzed at the foot of the winner’s court just after the commitment.
Schwartzman, second seed in the German competition that has 271,345 euros in prizes, had already surpassed the Spanish (64th in the world) at the Australian Open, at dawn 2020. This time, in Germany, Peque spent 2 hours and 9 minutes to win. “I really thought I was not going to get it: I was down 6-5 and 5-2,” added the best Argentine in the ranking.
The tennis player trained by Juan Ignacio Chela had made his debut directly in the second round (there he defeated local Oscar Otte 6-3 and 6-2). Although he is a lower-ranking player, Davidovich Fokina had just reached the semifinals of the first edition of the Cologne tournament last week (he lost to local Alexander Zverev, finally the champion). He is one of the young values of Spain (21 years old) to take into account for the future.
Schwartzman celebrates the best season of his career with his access to the final of the Masters 1000 in Rome and the semi-finals of Roland Garros, instances in which he lost to Serbian Novak Djokovic (1) and Spanish Rafael Nadal (2), respectively.
Peque will score points for the ranking only if he reaches the final. The Argentine has a great dream: to qualify for the London Masters. Today, with 3180 points, he is virtually inside the London O2 Arena, since he is in the eighth position of the race, but there are several applicants such as the Italian Matteo Berrettini (3075), the French Gael Monfils (2860) and the Canadian Denis Shapovalov (2830). So far there are six confirmed qualifiers for the Masters; the seventh best placed is the Russian Andrey Rublev, with 3429 points.
Podoroska returns in the last tournament of the year
After the excellent tournament she starred in at Roland Garros, where she reached the semifinals and climbed to the Top 50 of the world rankings, Nadia Podoroska will return to official activity at the WTA in Linz, Austria, from November 9 to 15 (she will distribute $ 202,250 and will be will play on cement). This will be the last event of the season on the women’s circuit.
Rosario (48th in the world) will be the tenth favorite. Aryna Sabalenka (12th) will appear as the top seed and the main draw also features Elena Rybakina (19th), Marketa Vondrousova (20th), Elise Mertens (21st) and Anett Kontaveit (22nd), among others. Top 25 tennis players.