Diego Schwartzman, Los Cabos 2019

Third seed Diego Schwartzman only dropped one set en route to his third career title, his first on hard courts. After a bye in the first round, he defeated both Ernests Gulbis and Mikhail Kukushkin in straight sets to reach the semifinal where he met fellow countryman and number 2 seed Guido Pella. He triumphed in the all-Argentine battle, coming out on top 6-3 3-6 6-1 to reach the final.
He then saved three set points in the final to defeat Taylor Fritz 7-6 6-3. The young American who knocked out number one seed Fabio Fognini in the semifinal was playing his third final of the year (win over Querrey in Eastbourne, loss to De Minaur in Atlanta).

“This feels really great because I’ll take a lot of confidence with me for the next tournaments,” said Schwartzman. “It was really important for me to come here and win big matches against the big guys. The title is like the cherry on top for me.”

In the doubles draw, Romain Arneodo and Hugo Nys saved two championship points to defeat top seeds Dominic Inglot and Austin Krajicek 7-5 5-7 16-14 and claim their first doubles title.

Rafael Nadal, Barcelona Open 2019

Nadal and Thiem will clash in the semifinals tomorrow in a rematch of last year’s Roland Garros final.
The Spaniard is clearly not at his best, but he delivered at crucial moments of his quarterfinal match to defeat Jan-Lennard Struff 7-5 7-5. The big serving German had beaten last year’s finalist Stefanos Tsitsipas in the previous round.

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As for Indian Wells champion Dominic Thiem, he overpowered Guido Pella 7-5 6-2 to set up an exciting Nadal clash. The 11th-time Roland Garros champion leads their head to head by 8 victories to 3 (7 to 3 on clay).

Photo credit: Banco Sadabell

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Juan Martin Del Potro, Roland Garros 2017

The 2009 US Open champion returns to Roland Garros for the first time since his quarterfinal loss to Federer in 2012, and won his opening match 6-2 6-1 6-4 over qualifier and recent Munich finalist Guido Pella. He faces Nicolas Almagro tomorrow on court 2.

Enjoy a few pictures from his training session last Friday:

Juan Martin Del Potro

Juan Martin Del Potro

Juan Martin Del Potro

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