ATP Roland Garros: Diego Schwartzman sets Dominic Thiem clash



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ATP Roland Garros: Diego Schwartzman sets Dominic Thiem clash

Ever since the draw came out, tennis fans have expected to see the quarter-final clash between Dominic Thiem and Diego Schwartzman. The Austrian prevailed over Hugo Gaston in the fourth round, followed by the Argentine who ousted Lorenzo Sonego 6-1, 6-3, 6-4 in an hour and 58 minutes.

The better-ranked player had the upper hand on the court, 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. The Argentine saved two break points in the opening game to avoid an early setback, stealing Sonego's serve with a perfect drop shot in game two.

Sonego broke back a few minutes later when Schwzartzman sprayed a backhand error, with the players leaving the court for an hour due to rain. From 40-15, Lorenzo got broken in the fourth game following a double fault, with the Argentine holding at 15 to open a 4-1 gap.

Sonego placed a forehand long in game six to suffer another break, reaching deuce on the return in the next one before Diego held after a lucky net cord to secure the opener 6-1. Schwartzman had the upper hand in the second set, delivering three breaks to move further in front.

Lorenzo sent a forehand long in the first game to experience a break, falling 2-0 behind after a service winner from the Argentine. Diego grabbed another break in game three when the Italian sprayed a forehand mistake, with Sonego taking a medical timeout for his left knee during the break.

Diego Schwartzman will compete in the fourth Major quarter-final.

He netted another forehand to find himself 4-0 behind, with Schwartzman securing the second consecutive service game at love for 5-1. Serving for the set at 5-2, the Argentine got broken to extend the set, closing it in the next game when he broke Sonego at love to open two sets to love advantage.

Both players served well in the opening six games of the third set before Sonego clinched a break at love with a backhand crosscourt winner. Schwartzman broke back when his rival netted a forehand, held at 15 to open a 5-4 gap and sealed the deal with another break in game ten to find himself in the last eight.

Schwartzman will try to reach the first Major semi-final, losing the previous three and hoping to take the next step against one of the title favorites.