Schwartzman out to emulate Del Potro at Vienna Open


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2020 Vienna Open 

ATP Tour 

Wiener Stadthalle 
Vienna, Austria
26 October - 01 November 2020
 
Argentinian star Diego Schwartzman will be looking to emulate his compatriot Juan Martin Del Potro at the 2020 Vienna Open
 
The 28-year-old is currently ranked as the world number nine in the world and he reached his career-high ATP singles ranking of world number eight in October 2020.
 
Schwartzman is hoping to become the second Argentinian player to win the Vienna Open singles' title after Del Potro, who won this competition in 2012. 
 
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The diminutive player reached the quarterfinals of the 2017 US Open, the 5' 7" (170 cm). 
 
As a result, Schwartzman was the shortest Grand Slam quarter-finalist since Jaime Yzaga (5' 7" at the 1994 US Open).
 
Schwartzman reached his first Masters final at the 2020 Italian Open, defeating defending champion world number two Rafael Nadal in straight sets.
 
The Buenos Aires-born player, who is a two-handed backhand, lost to world number one Novak Djokovic in the final. 

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Schwartzman defeated world number three Dominic Thiem to reach his maiden Grand Slam semi-final which was the 2020 French Open and he lost to Nadal.
 
Rafael Nadal
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Nadal got his revenge against Schwartzman, who had defeated him at the Italian Open in an entertaining match.
 
Although known as a clay court specialist, Schwartzman actually prefers hard courts and he will be keen to perform well at the Vienna Open which is played on indoor hard courts.
 
Schwartzman explained how he can improve after losing to Nadal at the recent French Open having defeated the Spanish star at last month's Italian Open. 
 
“I was not really aggressive with the backhand. Obviously you have to do many good backhand cross, backhand to the line, to continue moving him," Schwartzman said.
 
"Maybe I did a few mistakes trying to move the ball, trying to be aggressive. That was different in Rome also.”
 

2019 Vienna Open 

Singles' champion: Dominic Thiem 
Doubles' champions: Joe Salisbury and Rajeev Ram
 

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Published: 10/22/2020