Diego Schwartzman Reflects on Shocking Loss to 18-Year-Old in Davis Cup Tie

Published 09/19/2021, 8:51 AM EDT
Sep 5, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Diego Schwartzman of Argentina gestures after losing a point against Botic Van De Zandschulp of the Netherlands (not pictured) on day seven of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports


Argentine tennis player Diego Schwartzman has been competing amongst the top players in the game in recent years. He has registered some impressive wins over players like Rafael Nadal. He brings his best tennis out on the clay courts. 

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Yesterday, Diego Schwartzman was representing his nation in a Davis Cup tie against Belarus. Sadly, the Argentine player suffered a shocking defeat at the hands of a teenager Daniil Ostapenkov. The 18-year-old player knocked out the higher-ranked player in straight sets. 

Sep 3, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Diego Schwartzman of Argentina hits a shot against Alex Molcan of Slovakia in a third round match on day five of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

Schwartzman went on Twitter and stated, I don’t have much to say or explain about today’s game … tomorrow I have another chance to do better. Sorry to those who expected more from me. Now to cheer on the boys in the doubles. Bravo Guido Pella today.”

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(Quotes translated using Google translate)

Diego Schwartzman is eager to bounce back

From the above statement, one can sense the disappointment in Diego. However, from the looks of it, he wants to forget about the match and wants to focus on the future. He apologized to the Argentine fans and concluded by wishing his compatriot all the luck for his doubles match later on. 

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Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 9, 2021 Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman with Spain’s Rafael Nadal after losing their quarter final match REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

Reflecting on Schwartzman’s season so far, he began competing in Melbourne and came as far as the third round before going down to first-time semifinalist Aslan Karatsev. After that in Paris, he made it to the quarterfinal only to go down to the King of Clay, Rafael Nadal

Later, at the Wimbledon Championships, he crashed out in the third round and failed to make it to the second week. He ended his stint in the Grand Slam events by bowing out in the fourth round of the US Open 2021.

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Rohan Kollare

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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