Diego Schwartzman Makes an Impossible Wish about Roger Federer’s Retirement

Published 01/03/2021, 12:49 AM EST
SHANGHAI, CHINA – OCTOBER 11: Roger Federer of Switzerland shakes hands with Diego Schwartzman of Argentina after their Men’s singles mach against on day 4 of 2017 ATP Shanghai Rolex Masters at Qizhong Stadium on October 11, 2017 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by XIN LI/Getty Images)


The Argentine Diego Schwartzman had his most successful tennis year in 2020. Moving forward, he expressed his desire to beat Roger Federer and wishes that the Swiss maestro never retires.

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Diego did not win any title last year; however, he finished as runner-up in 3 ATP tournaments including Rome Masters. This helped him enter the Top 10 rankings for the very first time. As World No. 8, the 28-year-old also got himself qualified for the ATP Finals in London.

His biggest win came against World No. 2 Rafael Nadal in the semifinals of the 2020 Italian Open. Rafa was the defending champion of the tournament, but he lost to Diego in straight sets. In the finals, the Argentine failed against World No. 1 Novak Djokovic.

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At the 2020 French Open, the Argentine also failed World No. 3 Dominic Thiem in their quarterfinals match. Now, he has the confidence to challenge and defeat his idol Federer before the latter hangs his racket.

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Schwartzman wants a win against Roger Federer in his career

Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates winning match point during his Men’s Singles first-round match against Steve Johnson of the United States of America on day one of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 20, 2020, in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

The 20-time Grand Slam winner has withdrawn from the Australian Open 2021. Therefore, the dream match for Diego has been delayed just as the tournaments did this and last year.

When the Argentine was asked to select his next opponent after Nadal and Thiem, he thought for a while. Post that, with total admiration, he responded to the question.

“Federer, who grows more every year and I would not like him to retire – I hope he never does – and not have been able to win. At least I’d love to take that one with me. And with respect to another, something specific … Nothing,” Schwartzman said. (All quotes are translated via Google Translate)

Diego and Federer have faced each other four times with the World No. 5 winning all the encounters. Their last encounter came back in Shanghai Masters in 2017; Federer overcame him in two straight sets.

When can Diego meet Federer again?

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Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates his victory in his quarter-final match against Tennys Sandgren of the United States on day nine of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by TPN/Getty Images)

The Argentine will continue his great form from last year and participate in all the important tournaments. On the other side, Federer will look forward to competing for the entire 2021 after his return.

Federer and Schwartzman might lock horns at the big stage of a competition in 2021. If that happens, the Argentine will look to get off the mark against the tennis champion.

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For now, it is time for him to focus only on the upcoming Slam – the Australian Open. Hopefully, he will get past the quarterfinal stage this year around.

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Purav Joshi

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Purav Joshi is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 500 tennis articles.

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