Diego Schwartzman got off to a great start at the US Open. The Argentine, seeded No. 11 in the tournament, defeated Ricardas Berankis 7-5, 6-3, 6-3 and entered the second round of a tournament that has seen him reach the quarterfinals twice: in 2017 and in 2019.
The Argentine, who this season has celebrated an ATP Tour title (in Buenos Aires), went from less to more to add his first win against the Lithuanian, whom he had never faced before.
Beyond the forcefulness of the result, Schwartzman does not hide the harshness of his premiere in New York. “From the score it can be said [que fue contundente] because it was three sets, but it was a very hard and worked match ”.
The explanation is simple: adapting to very fast conditions in which controlling the ball required some adaptation time. “The conditions are very fast, I think all the players will respond the same, and that makes it very difficult to be able to do everything you want on the pitch and to be able to change directions and heights, that’s why at times the game it was done very quickly, ”he said.
“The court skates like crazy and you can’t do much. I was finding the solutions and the answers in the game, in the important moments of each set, luckily he ended up falling on my side, but it was a tough game ”, the Argentine closed.
Schwartzman displayed an offensive facet to attack the rallies decisively, constantly searching the lines against an opponent who could not contain the onslaught of the current No. 14 in the FedEx ATP Rankings.
Facundo Bagnis will also be in that second round. The Argentine, solvent, beat Taro Daniel 6-3, 6-3, 6-3. The No. 80 in the FedEx ATP Rankings showed a solid version against the Japanese, who had no options to slow down Bagnis’ experience at Flushing Meadows.
“I’m very happy. Winning a match in a Grand Slam is something very nice ”, Bagnis began after his solid performance. I have that feeling of wanting more, obviously the feeling alone is not enough, you have to play the next game very well, the level demands it ”.
The 31-year-old Argentine highlighted his recent improvement, which this season is moving on the track with results. “I have been feeling that I am at this level for some time, the ranking did not show it so much, but I had been feeling with a Top 100 and Grand Slam level of tennis.”