Diego Schwartzman has been knocking on the door of the top ten for some time. The Argentine from Buenos Aires will officially be a top ten player for the first time when the next rankings come out.
The performances of the Argentine since Kitzbuhel have been borderline perfection including the win over Nadal in Rome but the focus is on what he has done in Paris.
On route to the final eight he didn’t drop a set winning twelve of twelve before he met up with his good friend Dominic Thiem in the quarter finals.
Well the match between Dominic and Diego was a classic, I’ve not seen a match this intense for some time and the first four sets were incredibly tight but sensational!
The first set went the way of the Argentine winning a one-sided tie-break against Thiem sealing it with a backhand winner 7-1. In the second set Thiem did react well and went up and early break to lead 3-1. The Austrian was pegged back but at 5-5 broke Diego and sealed the set following a backhand error this time from the 28 year old.
In the third set it was Diego who took a 3-1 lead this time around but despite a stunning forehand slice down 15-40 he couldn’t hold onto his serve and Thiem fought his way back. A tie-break was required for the second time in the match but it was more intense than the one from the first set but Dominic Thiem took a two sets to one lead with a smash winner.
The finish line looked in sight for Thiem serving for a 3-0 lead but Schwartzman’s determination was exceptional and turned a 0-2 deficit to a 5-4 lead. The Argentine led 40-0 on serve and looked all set to take us to a fifth set but was broken!
A third tie-break was required and a wild one-handed backhand from the two time former finalist took the match to a fifth set.
From a Dominic Thiem perspective I felt like he did run out of ideas. The serve became predictable as did the drop shot from the Austrian. The level of Diego throughout was simply incredible, he has played soo well and consistently over the last few years and thoroughly deserves this moment.
A first Grand Slam semi-final and top ten debut!