BIG UPSET! Diego Schwartzman Crushed by 18-Year-Old at Davis Cup 2021

Published 09/18/2021, 1:22 PM EDT
Daniil Ostapenkov vs Diego Schwartzman


The first round of Davis Cup World Group 1 kick off today. In the first match of the tie between Argentina and Belarus, the competition witnessed one of the biggest upsets in its history. World number 15, Diego Schwartzman, lost to Junior world number 63, Daniil Ostapenkov, of Belarus.

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The 18-years-old took just 1 hour and 36 minutes to beat the experienced player from Argentina. Diego lost in straight sets with the final score reading 6-4, 6-3 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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Daniil Ostapenkov’s only pro-level match

The teenager from Belarus so far has played only one pro-level match in his entire career. In 2020, Ostapenkov faced the German Dominik Koepfer in the Davis Cup which he lost in straight sets. Nobody would’ve expected Daniil to pull off the upset that he did, especially given his inexperience at the top level.

Daniil’s victory was incredible for the way the 18-year-old played under pressure. He won 75% (6/8) of his break points and restricted Diego to only 36% (4/11). Given his young age and inexperience, he showed incredible resolve in his astonishing victory. After the successes of Emma Raducanu, Leylah Fernandez, and Carlos Alcaraz at the US Open, it certainly is a good time to be a teenager playing tennis right now.

Fourth ATP title for Diego Schwartzman in 2021

Diego Schwartzman won his first ATP tournament since 2019 at the Argentina Open 2021. He eliminated Miomir Kecmanovic in the semifinals and Francisco Cerundolo in the final. He utterly dominated the tournament, without dropping a single set.

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Diego advanced to the fourth round of the 2021 US Open, defeating Berankis, Anderson, and Molcan without dropping a set. However, he crumbled in the fourth round to qualifier Botic Van de Zandschulp in a five-set, four-hour and 19-minute encounter.

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This might be regarded the biggest Davis Cup upset in history. Schwartzman, who claimed his fourth ATP title at Argentina Open 2021, came up short against an 18-year-old youngster from Belarus.

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Atri Bhatt

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Atri Bhatt is a tennis author at Essentially Sports. He is pursuing his Master's degree in Sports Management from Deakin University, Australia. In addition to critically analysing the game, he also plays tennis professionally.

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