Diego Schwartzman: 'Dominic Thiem and I have to cut our friendship until..'



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Diego Schwartzman: 'Dominic Thiem and I have to cut our friendship until..'

In the Roland Garros quarter-final, the crowd will have the opportunity to watch two of the finest clay-courters battling for the place in the semis. The two-time finalist Dominic Thiem takes upon his good friend Diego Schwartzman, who will try to pass the quarter-final stage at Majors for the first time from four attempts.

In the fourth round, Diego defeated Lorenzo Sonego 6-1, 6-3, 6-4, playing on a high level and hoping for more of the same against world no. 3. After the match, Schwartzman joked that Dominic and he have to cut their friendship until Tuesday, as they were hoping to face each other once the draw came out.

The Argentine was the finalist in Rome, earning another notable result and feeling happy on the court after a slow start in New York once the season resumed. The better-ranked player had the upper hand on Court Suzanne-Lenglen, spraying 23 unforced errors and drawing almost 50 from the Italian to advance into the fourth quarter-final at Majors.

Diego claimed 26 out of 35 points behind the Italian's second serve, delivering eight breaks from 11 chances and giving serve away thrice to control the scoreboard. Schwartzman was in front in the shortest, mid-range and most extended rallies, sealing the deal in under two hours to set the blockbuster clash against the Austrian on Tuesday.

"I didn't expect to win the opening two sets that quickly against a solid rival. I had some luck in the third set, pulling the break back and taking advantage of Sonego's mistakes to advance in straight sets.

These types of matches can change at any moment, and the third set is always the most important. I'm happy to have won those last games, to have been better in the key moments. I am playing at the same level as in Rome; my serve worked well today.

In the second set, it was not so good and, at that moment, the rain came, which allowed me to talk to my coach. From that moment, I did a great job with my serve in each game; I could only break once in the second set and once in the third.

When I play at this level, I can break my opponents' serve several times; I made a good display of my offensive shots, without forgetting the defense. Varying the game like that was the key against Lorenzo; he is a very aggressive tennis player.

Diego Schwartzman and Dominic Thiem will play in Roland Garros quarter-final.

I was watching the last four games of Thiem's match; it had been incredible. I was very impressed by Hugo, especially after the first two sets.

Then I saw Dominic in the locker room, we had a good time, but we have already told each other that we must cut the relationship until Tuesday. I am happy for him; he is playing spectacular tennis and had a great test today.

For my part, if I play as I have been doing these last two weeks, I know I will have my chances. I'll have to go over how Hugo did it in the third and fourth sets against Domi, so then I'll try to do the same. The idea is to keep him behind the baseline.

If he starts to attack, it is tough to stop him. I didn't play well after the quarantine. I did not feel well in New York, unready to play five sets, as they were physically tough for me. I ended up with cramps and problems in my left hand; it was not good news.

I felt that pain for two weeks, but I knew my tennis was still there. I had to find a way to continue training, to smile again on the court. That is an essential key in my life, to keep doing things the way I know how to do them.

The consequence of that was what happened in Rome. I think it is the moment of my career when I draw the most confidence. Notable results at the biggest tournaments have shown me I can still improve my tennis and fight for big titles, which motivates me to work even harder," Diego Schwartzman said.