“Beast, charismatic“: Diego Schwartzman Describes Rafael Nadal And Roger Federer

Published 03/13/2021, 12:08 AM EST
Roger Federer of Switzerland plays a backhand during his Men’s Singles Quarterfinal match against Tennys Sandgren of the United States on day nine of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Mike Owen/Getty Images)


Argentine tennis star Diego Schwartzman has given his take on two of his most illustrated peers going around – Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.

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The current World Number 9, who reinforced his clay court credentials by picking up his first Tour title of the year at the Argentina Open, said watching Nadal in practice can send shivers down an opponent’s spine.

Diego Schwartzman says watching Rafael Nadal train can send shiver down opponent’s spine

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Calling the Spaniard “a beast”, the 28-year-old Schwartzman said he shows no signs of slowing down and still has some titles at his favored Roland-Garros in him.

Nadal, who recently dropped to Number 3 in the singles rankings, clinched an unprecedented 13th French Open title last year, tying Federer’s career haul of 24 Major championship trophies.

“He will dominate at the French Open for two more years,” the Argentine told ESPN.

Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 17, 2021 Spain’s Rafael Nadal in action during his quarter final match against Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas REUTERS/Jaimi Joy

Diego Schwartzman says when Roger Federer makes his rivals look stupid when at his best

On the Swiss champion, who made a comeback to tennis after a 14-month absence from the circuit to recover from a second knee surgery, Schwartzman said when he plays at his best, Federer makes his opponents look “stupid”.

The 39-year-old’s run at the ongoing ATP Qatar Open was cut short in the quarter-final by big-hitting Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili.

The veteran took the opening set in Thursday’s tie, only to drop the next two and crash out of the tournament.

“When you face Federer, if he is inspired he makes you feel stupid, you cannot do anything,” said the Argentine, whose first name takes after his boyhood hero and “friend” , departed soccer god Diego Maradona.

Tennis – ATP 250 – Argentina Open – Buenos Aires Lawn Tennis Club, Buenos Aires, Argentina – March 7, 2021 Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman celebrates winning the final against Argentina’s Francisco Cerundolo REUTERS/Agustin Marcarian

Though Federer’s comeback campaign ended in the last-eight stage, he counted some positives which he said will stand him in good stead going into future events.

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The former World Number 1 said he was happy to have come out unscathed in two three-set matches on successive days, while acknowledging that he was operating short of hundred percent.

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In more words of praise for the veteran Swiss, Schwartzman called him “very polite” with “incredible charisma”.

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Priyabrata Chowdhury is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. He has been a print journalist for a decade, producing news pages for leading national dailies such as the Hindustan Times and The New Indian Express. His passion for sports eventually drove him to tennis writing.

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