Three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray has lavished praise on Argentinian Diego Schwartzman, calling him one of the best returners in the game.
The Scot said he found Schwartzman a “very, very solid player”.
Not overawed by the latter’s reputation, Schwartzman beat the Spaniard 6-2, 7-5.
“He is not the tallest, doesn’t have the biggest serve, but (is) a brilliant returner, one of the best in the game. You look at his statistics on return, he is always right up there in the return category,” Murray said.
One of the things that stood out about the Argentine’s win over Nadal was that he beat the Spaniard at his own game. It’s not often that Nadal is outrun and outpaced. But in Rome, against Schwartzman, he was.
“He is moving fantastic, a lot of his highlights are field shots. He has very good hands, with lobs, drop shots etcetera. He’s a top player,” Murray said on his assessment of the Argentine’s game.
The Scot said the Argentine’s timing and anticipation also makes him stand out among his peers.
“He has very good anticipation and great timing as well. Some guys are shanking a lot of balls, you know. He hits the ball very clean. Very rarely is mishitting balls as well. I don’t think I’ve ever played him but I have practiced with him a few times. He’s a great talent,” Murray said.
Despite making a quarter-final exit at the Paris Masters, Schwartzman qualified for the ongoing ATP Finals in London. However, his maiden run at the O2 Arena hasn’t gone that well, so far, as he lost his first round-robin game in straight sets to Novak Djokovic.