The ATP Finals debutant Diego Schwartzman has been handed a tricky draw with Novak Djokovic, Daniil Medvedev and Alexander Zverev. This year’s last qualifier for London masters lost his opening match to Djokovic. The O2 event favourite Serbian took just one hour and 18 minutes to defeat the Argentine in the straight sets(6-3, 6-2).
Even though Diego is currently ranked ninth player in the world, he has 25-13 win-loss record on this season. The eighth-seeded Schwartzman is the first singles Argentine player qualified for the year-end tournament since Juan Martin del Potro in 2013.
After losing a round-robin match, the 28-years-old was admiring his opponent in an on-court interview. Schwartzman said, “Everything is difficult against [Novak]. I think what he’s doing when he’s playing his best, he’s moving the ball… to every single point on [the] court.”
The French Open 2020 semifinalist added, “It’s very difficult to see or to know what he’s going to do and [to] try to make good points… He(Djokovic) has a lot of talent when he has the chance to move the ball.”
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While World number one registered a sixth win against Schwartzman, Nole equalled Andrey Rublev’s top leading wins of this season, 40 matches.
After a comfortable victory against a newbie, Five times ATP Finals title winner said, “The beginning of the match wasn’t that great for me. Diego broke my serve in the third game, and I managed to break [back]. It was a close encounter until I broke his serve at 4-3 and managed to close out the first set.”
Group Tokyo 1970’s the first match-winner, and the loser will now prepare themselves for the remaining clash against Daniil Medvedev and Alexander Zverev.