In an interview, Diego Schwartzman recalled one of his best tournaments during the year, the Rome Open where he only lost to Novak Djokovic in a three-set semifinal match. The Argentinean player recalled his run starting from the beginning.
"The tournament, in general, was very good, I came back to feel well, to play well, I took advantage of the draw I had which was a favourable one as Gael Monfils and Alexander Zverev have lost. I went through without losing sets, playing well, then I beat Nishikori.
Against Djokovic, I played well for almost the entire match, but there is a reason why Djokovic is the world No. 1. I made some little mistakes in the first two, three games of the third, but that, in the end, gave a bit of air and confidence", said Schwartzman, who felt a lot of supports from the grounds: "The crowd ovation was amazing, of course, I listen to them, it's very good, it encourages me a lot.
You could see that people were enjoying the match, but I also have to be focused on the match and not think a lot about it because otherwise you only play to hit a good shot so that people enjoy it. Sometimes you have to be smart to win points, but sometimes you do not have to think too much about what happens outside because otherwise, it would influence your game."
Asked what he takes during tournaments to bring memories from it, Schwartzman replied: "The official towels of the tournament. Although ATP does not like too much that we take them."