Diego Schwartzman Says Now He Can Retire Saying He Defeated Rafael Nadal on Clay

Published 01/21/2021, 1:32 AM EST
Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman celebrates after winning his quarter final match against Austria’s Dominic Thiem REUTERS/Christian Hartmann


Argentine tennis star Diego Schwartzman had an incredible 2020 season. He was able to reach his Masters 1000 final by beating Rafael Nadal for the very first time at the Italian Open. In addition to that, he also reached his first Grand Slam semi-final at the French Open.

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Clearly, Diego achieved a lot in 2020 and now he is hoping to build on those accomplishments in 2021. In a recent interview, he said:

“I broke through a barrier [beating Nadal]. Now I can retire saying that I beat him. Now my outstanding goals are to beat Roger [Federer] once, ‘Nole’ once and then to win more titles.”

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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)

Diego Schwartzman talks about the ‘Big 3’

Schwartzman wants to score wins against every member of the ‘Big 3’ – Nadal, Novak Djokovic, and Roger Federer. However, like most players, he admires all of their playing styles. He said:

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“I would take all of their shots. They make up the ideal player. I have had some very good years, 2020 was the best and you ask yourself, ‘How is it possible that these guys have been having seasons thousands of times better than mine since they were 18 and they repeat it every year?’”

The ‘Big 3’ are the greatest tennis players of all time. They have won so many titles including 57 Grand Slams and at times, many might say that they have been unbeatable. However, that is not going to stop Diego.

He is going to do his best to beat them, and his first opportunity to do so will be at the Australian Open. It will be tough for him, as Melbourne is Novak Djokovic’s turf. He will have to prepare as well as possible, and that is exactly what he will be doing before the event begins on February 8.

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