Diego Schwartzman won three matches in Rome over more than 24 hours. Including the last one on Friday in the quarter-finals against Kei Nishikori. In his post-match press conference, the Argentinean player said: "I still being young.
I have the conditions to play two matches in one day. Almost three, but they put me the dubs today. I think is not great because of the rain have two matches for every single player. Not every guy have the conditions to recovery well.
Now we can see Roger Federer, for example, is one of the best in the history, if he's not the best, maybe the two matches yesterday was enough for him to not be able to play in the 100%. I think many players were not in the 100% conditions today because of the rain on Wednesday and playing two matches on Thursday.
Sometimes happen. This is how it's happening this week", said Schwartzman referring to the Swiss defeating Joao Sousa and Borna Coric on Thursday and then withdrawing from the quarters against Stefanos Tsitsipas on Friday.
On the first set, Schwartzman was leading 5-0, then Nishikori came back. What happened? "I think I was a little bit passive, not really aggressive, thinking maybe Kei was just focused on the second set and not any more in the first.
But then was complicated. He has the chance to get back and put everything 5-all. He did two not very good mistakes in deuce, then my set point. I won 6-4. The second set I think he keeps playing a little bit better, but I still playing better than him."