World No. 1 Novak Djokovic told Diego Schwartzman that he was impressed with his win over No. 3 seed Dominic Thiem at the French Open. Schwartzman, ranked at No. 14 in the world, prevented Thiem from making his third consecutive final at the French Open as he beat the Austrian 7-6 (1) 5-7 6-7 (6) 7-6 (5) 6-2.
Schwartzman is now through to his maiden Grand Slam semifinal and he will enter the top-10 when the ATP list gets updated. “I saw him today in the locker room. I told him that I was so impressed with his win yesterday against Thiem.
He deserves to be top 10 & deserves to win that kind of match more than many players because he works hard, he’s super nice person," Djokovic said of Schwartzman, per Max Gao. "I’m very happy for him.
I’m proud of him. I wish him all the best. Definitely he deserves to be where he is. He’s had plenty of success on clay courts, but I think over the years he also improved his game on hard court."
Djokovic could meet Schwartzman in the final
On Wednesday, Djokovic overcame Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta in four sets to set up a semifinal clash against Stefanos Tsitsipas.
In the second semifinal, Schwartzman will be taking on record 12-time French Open champion Rafael Nadal. At the Rome Masters, Schwartzman pulled off the biggest surprise of the tournament when he stunned Nadal in the quarterfinal.
"I’m not sure because if I see the history, I'm 10-1 down [to him]. I’m not sure if I'm going to have a lot of confidence (laughter). But, yeah, I know this week that I can beat him. That’s important thing," Schwartzman said ahead of facing Nadal, per Max Gao.
"I know Rafa is the guy who has to win or who is in the best position to win today, and maybe play the semifinal against him. But I will see the match, just trying to enjoy. I have two days free so I’m not thinking yet about the semifinal."
Speakinf of his on-court tactic, Schwartzman said: "I have to do a mix every time I’m on court. Being aggressive when I have the chance, having a good defenses when I have to do it. Today I think was different game. I went many times to the net because Dominic was doing a lot of slice. Was a good move”.