Diego Schwartzman

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Diego Schwartzman
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Schwartzman in June 2017
Country (sports) Argentina
ResidenceBuenos Aires, Argentina
Born (1992-08-16) 16 August 1992 (age 26)
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Height1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)[1]
Turned pro2010
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
CoachJuan Ignacio Chela
Prize money$4,557,551
Singles
Career record95–93 (50.53%)
Career titles2
Highest rankingNo. 11 (11 June 2018)
Current rankingNo. 14 (10 September 2018)[2]
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open4R (2018)
French OpenQF (2018)
Wimbledon2R (2018)
US OpenQF (2017)
Doubles
Career record35–61 (36.46%)
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 69 (13 April 2015)
Current rankingNo. 91 (23 July 2018)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open2R (2015)
French Open2R (2018)
Wimbledon2R (2016)
US Open2R (2015, 2016)
Team competitions
Davis CupSF (2015)
Last updated on: 26 July 2018.

Diego Sebastián Schwartzman (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈdjeɣo seβasˈtjan ˈʃwaɾdzman],[3][4][a] German: [ˈʃvaʁtsman]; born 16 August 1992) is an Argentine professional tennis player competing on the ATP Tour. He has won two ATP singles titles, and reached his career-high singles ranking of world No. 11 on 11 June 2018.[5] He is a clay court specialist, and is noted for his high-quality return game.[6][7][8]

Personal life[edit]

Schwartzman is Jewish,[9][10] and is the son of Ricardo and Silvana Schwartzman.[11] He was born and resides in Buenos Aires, Argentina.[11] His family had emigrated from Germany to Argentina.[12] He has two brothers (one is a computer programmer, and the other is a travel agent), and a sister who is a lawyer.[13][14]

Schwartzman's nickname is El Peque (an abbreviation of the word "pequeño", meaning "Shorty" in Spanish).[15][6] As a youth, he played tennis at the Hacoaj JCC sport club.[16]

Career[edit]

2010–13[edit]

In 2010 at the age of 17 he won the Bolivia F3 Futures (CL), and in 2011 he won the Chile F14 Futures (CL).[17] In 2012, Schwartzman won titles at the Peru F2 Futures (CL), Argentina F11 Futures (CL), Argentina F14 Futures (CL), Argentina F20 Futures (CL), Argentina F21 Futures (CL), Argentina F22 Futures (CL), and Buenos Aires Challenger (CL).[18] At the 2013 Australian Open, he lost in the final round of qualifying.[19]

2014: four Challenger titles[edit]

Schwartzman made his first appearance in the main draw of a Grand Slam event at the 2014 French Open; he came through qualifying before making it to the second round, where he lost to Roger Federer.[20] He lost in the first round of the 2014 US Open to Novak Djokovic.[19]

In the ATP Challenger Tour, he won four titles at Aix-en-Provence, Prague, Campinas, and San Juan. In the ATP Challenger Tour Finals, he won over João Souza, Simone Bolelli, and Guilherme Clezar to claim the title. At the end of 2014 he was ranked # 61 in the world.[17]

2015: Istanbul Open semifinals[edit]

Diego Schwartzman (2015)

Schwartzman's best result of the season came at the 2015 Istanbul Open, where he reached the semifinals, beating former top-ten player Jürgen Melzer along the way. In the semis he faced tennis legend Roger Federer. Schwartzman won the first set decisively, before ultimately falling 7-5 in the final set.[19] He was also part of the Argentine Davis Cup Team, which reached the semifinals in 2015.[21]

2016: Istanbul Open championship[edit]

Diego Schwartzman (2016)

Schwartzman won his first-ever singles title at the 2016 Istanbul Open - an outdoor 250 clay court event. He impressively defeated established top player Grigor Dimitrov in the final, coming back to win 6-0 in the final set after losing the first set in a tie-break. Later, Dimitrov apologized for his behavior during the match, after he smashed three rackets, which ultimately led to a warning, a point penalty, and then another point penalty. The second and final point penalty came with Dimitrov down 5-0 and gave the game, set, and match to Schwartzman.[22]

In October Schwartzman reached his second final at the 250 level, in Antwerp. He lost to Richard Gasquet 6-7, 1-6 in the final.[19]

2017: US Open quarterfinals[edit]

Schwartzman reached the 3rd round at the 2017 French Open, where he faced Novak Djokovic. He had a 2-1 set lead, but eventually Djokovic won in five sets.[23]

In the 2017 Canadian Open the 25-year-old saved four match points to pull off a remarkable 4-6, 7-6(7), 7-5 upset of No. 3 seed Dominic Thiem (No. 7 in the world), his first-ever win over a top-10 player.[24] As of mid-August 2017, he was leading the ATP tour in winning percentage in return games at 36 per cent (192/532), with Nadal in second place and Djokovic in fourth place.[8]

On September 1, he defeated world No. 7, and 5th seed, Marin Cilic in the third round at the 2017 US Open to equal the biggest win of his career. On September 3, he beat world No. 20, and 16th seed, Lucas Pouille in the fourth round to reach his first career major quarterfinal. At 5' 7" (170 cm), Schwartzman was the shortest Grand Slam quarterfinalist since Jaime Yzaga (5' 7" at the 1994 US Open).[25] Schwartzman said: "It’s not just for the big guys here."[26]

Schwartzman’s 2017 season proved to be the best of his career to that point. He finished the year ranked world No. 25, in addition to making his first major quarterfinal; he also made two quarterfinals at the Masters 1000 level. He won 39 singles matches and earned $1,536,000 over the course of the season, easily besting his previous records of 17 match wins and $441,000 in the 2016 season.[27] Finally, he scored his first win over a top-10 player, and then just two weeks later he racked up a second top-10 win.

2018: Second ATP title, top-20 ranking & second Grand Slam quarterfinal[edit]

In his first 17 Grand Slam tournaments, Schwartzman had only reached the 3rd round one time. However, at the 2018 Australian Open, he advanced to the 4th round, where he played world No. 1 Rafael Nadal. For the first time in his career, Schwartzman made the second week at a major for the second consecutive time, following his quarterfinal showing at the 2017 US Open. Despite going into the match with an 0-3 head-to-head record, 0-7 in sets, Schwartzman took the second set tiebreak 7-4 before eventually going down in 4 sets. By virtue of his performance, he reached a new career-high singles ranking of No. 24 on 29 January 2018.[28]

He then went on to capture the title at the 2018 Rio Open, a clay ATP 500 level tournament, defeating Fernando Verdasco 6-2, 6-3. The Rio Open marked the biggest title of Schwartzman's career thus far. He reached a new career-high singles ranking of No. 15 on April 2, 2018, and was the first Jewish male player to break into the singles top 20 since Brad Gilbert was fourth in 1990.[19][29][16] At the 2018 French Open, Schwartzman made it into his second Grand Slam quarterfinal. He didn't drop a set on his run to the 4th round where he faced 6th seed Kevin Anderson and managed to win in just under four hours, after coming back from two sets to love down for the first time in his career. In the quarterfinals he became the first man to take a set off 10-time champion Rafael Nadal since 2015, winning the first set 6-4 before finally falling in 4 sets.[30] His quarterfinal showing marked his 3rd consecutive grand slam where he made it to the second week of competition.

Schwartzman participated in only two grass court events in 2018 they included Eastbourne International and Wimbledon. Although Schwartzman was the #1 seed at Eastbourne, he fell in the first round to Mirza Bašić in three sets. At Wimbledon, Schwartzman got his first career grass win by defeating Mirza Bašić in straight sets before falling in the 2nd round to Jiří Veselý.

Schwartzman managed to reach the quarter-finals of the German Open, but fell to the eventual finalists, Leonardo Mayer in three sets.

ATP career finals[edit]

Singles: 4 (2 titles, 2 runners-up)[edit]

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
ATP World Tour Finals (0–0)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (0–0)
ATP World Tour 500 Series (1–0)
ATP World Tour 250 Series (1–2)
Titles by surface
Hard (0–2)
Clay (2–0)
Grass (0–0)
Titles by setting
Outdoor (2–0)
Indoor (0–2)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Win 1–0 May 2016 Istanbul Open, Turkey 250 Series Clay Bulgaria Grigor Dimitrov 6–7(5–7), 7–6(7–4), 6–0
Loss 1–1 Oct 2016 European Open, Belgium 250 Series Hard (i) France Richard Gasquet 6–7(4–7), 1–6
Loss 1–2 Oct 2017 European Open, Belgium 250 Series Hard (i) France Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 3–6, 5–7
Win 2–2 Feb 2018 Rio Open, Brazil 500 Series Clay Spain Fernando Verdasco 6–2, 6–3

Doubles: 2 (2 runners-up)[edit]

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
ATP World Tour Finals (0–0)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (0–0)
ATP World Tour 500 Series (0–0)
ATP World Tour 250 Series (0–2)
Titles by surface
Hard (0–0)
Clay (0–2)
Grass (0–0)
Titles by setting
Outdoor (0–2)
Indoor (0–0)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 0–1 Feb 2015 Brasil Open, Brazil 250 Series Clay Italy Paolo Lorenzi Colombia Juan Sebastián Cabal
Colombia Robert Farah
4–6, 2–6
Loss 0–2 May 2016 Istanbul Open, Turkey 250 Series Clay Argentina Andrés Molteni Italy Flavio Cipolla
Israel Dudi Sela
3–6, 7–5, [7–10]

Challenger finals[edit]

Singles (15)[edit]

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. 28 October 2012 Buenos Aires, Argentina Clay France Guillaume Rufin 6–1, 7–5
Runner-up 1. 29 April 2013 Tunis, Tunisia Clay Romania Adrian Ungur 6–4, 0–6, 2–6
Runner-up 2. 24 June 2013 Marburg, Germany Clay Kazakhstan Andrey Golubev 1–6, 3–6
Runner-up 3. 7 September 2013 Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina Clay Slovenia Aljaž Bedene 3–6, 4–6
Runner-up 4. 7 October 2013 San Juan, Argentina Clay Argentina Guido Andreozzi 7–6(7–4), 6–7(5–7) 0–6
Runner-up 5. 28 October 2013 Montevideo, Uruguay Clay Brazil Thomaz Bellucci 4–6, 4–6
Runner-up 6. 7 April 2014 Itajaí, Brazil Clay Argentina Facundo Argüello 6–4, 0–6, 4–6
Winner 2. 12 May 2014 Aix-en-Provence, France Clay Germany Andreas Beck 6–7, 6–3, 6–2
Winner 3. 10 August 2014 Prague, Czech Republic Clay Brazil Andre Ghem 6–4, 7–5
Winner 4. 15 September 2014 Campinas, Brazil Clay Brazil Andre Ghem 4–6, 6–4, 7–5
Runner-up 7. 22 September 2014 Porto Alegre, Brazil Clay Argentina Carlos Berlocq 4–6, 6–4, 0–6
Winner 5. 19 October 2014 San Juan, Argentina Clay Brazil João Souza 7–6, 6–3
Winner 6. 23 November 2014 São Paulo, Brazil Clay (i) Brazil Guilherme Clezar 6–2, 6–3
Winner 7. 11 September 2016 Barranquilla, Colombia Clay Brazil Rogério Dutra Silva 6–4, 6–1
Winner 8. 19 November 2016 Montevideo, Uruguay Clay Brazil Rogério Dutra Silva 6–4, 6–1

Singles performance timeline[edit]

Tournament 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 W–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open Q3 Q1 1R 1R 2R 4R 4–4
French Open Q2 2R 2R 1R 3R QF 8–5
Wimbledon A A 1R 1R 1R 2R 1–4
US Open Q3 1R 2R 1R QF 3R 7–5
Win–Loss 0–0 1–2 2–4 0–4 7–4 10–4 20–18
ATP World Tour Masters 1000
Indian Wells A A 2R 1R 1R 2R 1–4
Miami Open Q1 Q1 1R 1R 3R 3R 3–4
Monte-Carlo A A 1R A QF 2R 4–3
Madrid Open A A A A 2R 3R 3–2
Italian Open A A 1R A 1R 2R 1–3
Canadian Open A A A A QF 3R 5-2
Cincinnati Masters A A A Q1 1R 1R 0–2
Shanghai Masters A A A Q1 2R 1–1
Paris Masters A A A A 2R 1–1
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 1–4 0–2 11–9 5–5 17–20
Career Statistics
Titles 0 0 0 1 0 1 2
Finals 0 0 0 2 1 1 4
Year-end Ranking 117 61 88 52 26

Doubles performance timeline[edit]

Tournament 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 W–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A 2R A 1R 1R 1–3
French Open A 1R 1R 1R 2R 1–4
Wimbledon A 1R 2R 1R A 1–3
US Open 1R 2R 2R 1R 2–4
Win–Loss 0–1 2–4 2–3 0–4 1–2 5–14

Wins over top 10 players[edit]

# Player Rank Event Surface Rd Score DS Rank
2017
1. Austria Dominic Thiem 7 Montreal, Canada Hard 2R 6–4, 6–7(7–9), 7–5 36
2. Croatia Marin Čilić 7 US Open, New York, United States Hard 3R 4–6, 7–5, 7–5, 6–4 33
2018
3. South Africa Kevin Anderson 7 French Open, Paris, France Clay 4R 1–6, 2–6, 7–5, 7–6(7–0), 6–2 12

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Note that a native Spanish speaker would pronounce it at best esuart'sman since there's no /ʃ/ or /t͡s/ and s is always spelled with an e before it.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Diego Schwartzman at the Association of Tennis Professionals Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ ATP Rankings
  3. ^ "The pronunciation by Diego Schwartzman himself". ATPWorldTour.com. Retrieved 19 October 2017.
  4. ^ "Diego Schwartzman, tenis y diversión". YouTube (in Spanish). 2016-03-30. Retrieved 2018-02-10.
  5. ^ "Diego Schwartzman, la hinchada, sus proyecciones y su preparación" (in Spanish).
  6. ^ a b J.S. (5 September 2017). "Diego Schwartzman, tennis's smallest male star, is gaining stature". The Economist.
  7. ^ "Diego Schwartzman’s Return Game Is Even Better Than I Thought," Heavy Topspin.
  8. ^ a b "How Schwartzman Became The Return Giant In 2017," ATP World Tour.
  9. ^ "The 'Last Time' With Diego Schwartzman". Association of Tennis Professionals. 25 April 2016. Retrieved 2017-04-21. I am Jewish and in Argentina, we have many Jewish (people) there, and all the people there know me.
  10. ^ "Israelis battle through to Aus Open main draw". The Australian Jewish News. 14 January 2013. Retrieved 4 September 2013.
  11. ^ a b "Diego Sebastian Schwartzman – Tennis Players". ATP World Tour. Retrieved 4 September 2013.
  12. ^ "Hard work is paying off for Diego Schwartzman," South African Jewish Report.
  13. ^ Diego Schwartzman | Bio | ATP World Tour | Tennis
  14. ^ "Diego Schwartzman: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know"
  15. ^ "Diego Schwartzman Caps Off Dream Week With Rio Title"
  16. ^ a b "Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman reaches top 20 in world tennis rankings," Jewish Telegraphic Agency.
  17. ^ a b "Just 5'7" and 141 pounds, Diego Schwartzman stands tall in tennis," TENNIS.com.
  18. ^ "Pro Circuit – Player Profile – SCHWARTZMAN, Diego Sebastian (ARG)". ITF Tennis. Retrieved 5 March 2014.
  19. ^ a b c d e Diego Schwartzman | Overview | ATP World Tour | Tennis
  20. ^ "Federer kept on his toes in French Open second-round win". Reuters. 28 May 2014. Retrieved 29 May 2014.
  21. ^ Davis Cup - Players
  22. ^ "Dimitrov's meltdown leads to Schwartzman win". ESPN. Retrieved 2016-05-02.
  23. ^ "French Open 2017: How Novak Djokovic beat Diego Schwartzman in five-set THRILLER"
  24. ^ "Schwartzman Stuns Thiem". Retrieved 14 August 2017.
  25. ^ "The Latest: Venus Williams reaches US Open quarterfinals," The Washington Post.
  26. ^ "Diego Schwartzman Reaches U.S. Open Quarterfinal by Beating No. 16 Seed," The New York Times.
  27. ^ "Schwartzman, Lopez Move Into Paris Second Round" | ATP World Tour | Tennis
  28. ^ "Kyle Edmund reaches career-high ranking after Australian Open heroics to close in on Andy Murray," Eurosport.
  29. ^ "Diego Schwartzman into world top 20 after winning Rio Open," Times of Israel.
  30. ^ "Schwartzman fights back in 'Diego and Goliath' clash" Roland Garros. Retrieved 5 June 2018

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