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Enrique Cano: “Christmas is anticipated in Argentine tennis” – Playing time

Argentine tennis lives “an early Christmas”, according to the words of specialized journalist Enrique “Quique” Cano, special envoy to Roland Garros, a tournament that has Argentines in the semifinals in the men’s and women’s versions.

Rosario’s Nadia Podoroska will try to keep the illusion burning this Thursday when she faces the Polish Iga Swiatek for a place in the Roland Garros final, starting at 10:00 (Argentine time) on the “Philippe Chatrier” court.

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For his part, the Buenos Aires Diego Schwartzman, also a semifinalist of the tournament, will be ranked eighth in the world ranking as of Monday, after the defeat on Wednesday of Russian Andrey Rublev against Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas in the quarterfinals of the contest .

“Since 2004 there has not been an Argentine man and a woman at Roland Garros. It is an early Christmas for Argentine tennis. The people here took with great joy and surprise that of Podoroksa, whom they did not know. Brilliant in tennis, it changed a lot and he was more solid mentally and in tennis, “he said.

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And he remarked: “He lacks a lot to grow and is very good, with that tennis he is already between 50”.

For Cano, Podoroska “has chances”, but stressed that his rival beat number one and won the gold medal at the 2018 Youth Games, playing doubles.

“She has already left her mark by being the only one in the open era to reach the semi since qualifying,” he said.

On “Peque” Schwartzman, he considered that he showed that his game is that of a top ten.

“He got into the semis, something that he caressed on several occasions. The battle with Thiem marks a bit of growth in the tennis and the mental,” he said.

About his possibilities, he added: “He has chances, but it will depend on what Rafael Nadal does and does not do. Two years ago he put the Spaniard in trouble, but this year Rafa comes with a hunger and wants to take revenge for what he did to him. weeks ago in Rome. Beating him in three is easier than in five, Schwartzman told me the other day. “

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