Top-ranked Argentine DiegoSchwartzman said tennis is sometimes crazy after completing a big comeback win over rising Spanish star Alejandro Davidovich Fokina at Cologne 2. Schwartzman, seeded at No. 2, was on the brink of losing to Davidovich Fokina but he recovered to win 2-6 7-6 (3) 6-2 and reach the Cologne semifinal.
Davidovich Fokina made a fast start to the match, having claimed back-to-back breaks for a 3-0 lead. Schwartzman got one break back in the fourth game but dropped his serve for the third time in the set in the seventh game.
Schwartzman then dropped his serve in the opening game of the second set but broke back immediately in the following game. The match appeared to be over when Davidovich Fokina claimed back-to-back breaks for a 5-2 second set lead.
But Davidovich Fokina three times failed to serve out for the match -- as he also broke Schwartzman in the 11th game of the second set. Schwartzman stole the second set in the tie-break, before dominating the decider to complete the win.
"Tennis sometimes is crazy,” Schwartzman said after the match, per the ATP website. “Maybe today I got lucky to be here answering questions. But that is why I am here as well with this ranking, because I am always trying to find a way to win the matches.
Today was not the exception to the rule."
Schwartzman admitted Davidovich Fokina should have won in two
“I was trying really hard, but obviously he is a great player and the first two sets I was just on court trying to do something but there was no chance.
He was playing perfect and the first two sets he deserved to win, for sure," Schwartzman added. Meanwhile, rising Italian star Jannik Sinner acknowledged playing against former world No. 6 Gilles Simon wasn't easy.
Sinner recovered from a 2-0 third set deficit to beat Simon 6-3 0-6 6-4 and progress into the Cologne semifinal. "He didn’t give me any angles and played down the middle. He was very solid and I tried to play more on his forehand,” Sinner said.
“Losing eight games [in a row] can happen, but next time I need to find a solution earlier. He played far better than me in the second set. I got a little emotional in the third set, but I wanted to show that I wanted to win”.