Diego Schwartzman has undoubtedly been the Argentine tennis player of reference in recent seasons. Beyond the physical difficulties that prevented Juan Martin del Potro from playing regularly, 'El Peque' proved to be highly regarded in his country thanks to his daily hard work and uncommon tenacity.
2020 represented Diego's best season ever, at least so far, having reached the semifinal at Roland Garros and qualified for the ATP Finals in London for the first time in his career. Impossible not to remember the final reached at the BNL Internationals of Italy, after beating the king of clay court Rafael Nadal along the way.
On the eve of his Davis Cup engagement with his Argentina, Schwartzman said how it was not easy for South American tennis players to continue playing after the outbreak of the pandemic. The Albiceleste player also focused on the domination of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, whose era may have ended definitively.
Diego Schwartzman on the Big 3
"For Latinos it was very difficult to maintain the best level in the conditions that we had to travel in the last year and a half. The fact of being away from home for so long and with practically no equipment allows me to think that what I am achieving is a huge step.
While it is true that last year I finished top 10, I have been at home for a year and a half with only two months and traveling with two people per tournament. It is very difficult," Diego Schwartzman said. And he added on the subject: "Meanwhile, the Europeans who made a leap in quality have the advantage of being able to return home after a tournament.
Perhaps when everything is settled again with the pandemic, many players who left a little back in these months they can improve their tennis again" Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic have been dominating the circuit for a long time.
In fact, they have led the ranking of both the rankings and the Grand Slam titles a decade and a half ago. In that sense, Peque contributed his eyes on a possible changing of the guard, a debate that returned to the scene after the consecration of Daniil Medvedev before Nole at the US Open.
"It could be and it is logical that it will happen. Perhaps the illogical thing was that every year we asked ourselves how long they were going to hold on winning everything. Perhaps this year and a half both Rafa and Roger had some injuries.
Djokovic continues at a very high level and everyone continues. Being legends who do it in the best way and if they are physically well they are still the best. Afterwards, I think there are many very good players from a very young age, such as Rublev, Tsitsipas or Zverev, who took a while to mature in order to make that change" - he stated.