In an interview to Clarin, Diego Schwartzman commented on his relationship with the 17-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal. The Argentine and the Spaniard are nice friends and they shared a great battle at last year's Australian Open with Nadal prevailing in four sets.
'Of football in general', said Schwartzman. 'And of life. We share a lot of interests. We speak about how Madrid was, he asks me who is the first in Argentina or who is the last champion and so I speak about Boca. He knows I am a Boca fan and he knowd the players.'
Schwartzman's idol is Juan Román Riquelme. Which characters does Diego have as a tennis player? 'I think nothing. I am more a fighter. It we compare myself with football, it would be (Wilmar) Barrios or (Nahitan) Nández, this kind of players.'
Schwartzman achieved a career-high ranking at No. 11 in June 2018, overcoming his coach Juan Sebastian Chela who was No. 14 at best. 'I set a lot of goals and I try to improve something. I do not like not doing it. When I started with Juan I joked about it, but inside myself I thought "I am every day a little closer"
I did not imagine overcoming him quickly, but it's funny achieving these goals that in the beginning are far away and then they are an accomplished goal. I did it with all my coaches', said Schwartzman. Is the top 10 a realistic goal? 'I do not know if in the short term, I would set if I realize that I could sustain this level for a few years and not just some months.
Now my main goal is to keep my current ranking for a while.' ALSO READ: Rafael Nadal: Worse players than David Ferrer won a Grand Slam title