Diego Schwartzman is aware that it goes from lowest to highest in this second part of the season but in Indian Wells enjoy the honeys of a great game that allowed him to access the quarterfinals for the first time in the Californian tournament, where this afternoon he will seek access to the semis.
The Peque, eleventh seed in the Masters 1000 and number 15 in the ranking, will face the British Cameron Norrie (26th ATP) from 15 (Argentine time) with transmission of ESPN 2 and the Star + platform.
On his way to the quarterfinals, the Argentine eliminated American Maxime Cressy, Briton Daniel Evans and Norwegian sixth seed and world number 10 Casper Ruud, whom he beat 6-3 by a double.
Diego Schwartzman won with authority against Casper Ruud, sixth favorite of the contest. Photo: Sean M. Haffey / Getty Images / AFP.
“In terms of level, aggressiveness and in general, it was one of my best games of the year. I came from lowest to highest in this second part of the season, little by little I improved and I got a great victory. I hope we continue on this path and others like this take revenge, “he said.
Norrie, 26, 21st seeded and who comes from defeating American Tommy Paul 6-4, 4-6 and 6-2, leads him 2-1 in the history after beating him in Acapulco 2019 and the US Open 2020 and lose in Antwerp (Belgium) 2018.
However, the Peque just cut a two-year winless drought on hard courts against top 20 players. The last one had been achieved in the semifinals of Vienna 2019 against Gael Monfils, then 14th in the standings. Against Ruud he ended a streak of thirteen consecutive knockdowns against opponents of that group on these surfaces, an injection of confidence for the remainder of the season.
The Peque is enjoying his best moment of the season. And it goes for more. Photo: Sean M. Haffey / Getty Images / AFP.
In addition, the 28-year-old from Buenos Aires is for the sixth time in his career in the quarterfinals of a Masters 1000. “I found my return quickly and that gave me a lot of confidence. I saw that he was feeling more and more tired as the games went by, so I was able to play more and more. In general, I played a very good game ”, he analyzed. And he closed optimistically: “I’m playing better and I think I deserve it. Confidence is on the rise… so this continues ”.
Indian Wells is played on fast courts and awards prizes for $ 8.4 million. This is the sixth participation of Schwartzman, who has already secured his best performance.