The world number 15 beat Denis Shapovalov this Sunday and could win his first title of the year
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In January, the Serbian beat Diego Schwartzman at the Australian Open (Reuters)
Argentine Diego Schwartzman will challenge number 1 Novak Djokovic in the final of the Masters 1000 in Rome on Monday, after beating Canadian Denis Shapovalov 6-4, 5-7 and 7-6 (7/4) in an exciting duel. After eliminating Rafael Nadal in the quarterfinals, the Argentine won in three hours and ten minutes, in front of the public for the first time in the tournament.
The 28-year-old tennis player and the best South American on the ATP list, will play his first final of a Masters 1000 tournament and will have the opportunity to reach a historic position in the world ranking, after what was his 11th place in 2018 On that occasion, he had lost in the quarterfinals to Rafa Nadal and had managed to rise to the edge of the Top Ten, which was then made up of Juan Martín del Potro (4th), among others.
On this occasion, if E l Peque prevails in Rome against the Serbian, he will reach ninth position in the table and will be in the Top 10 for the first time in his career. In case of being defeated, it will be a disappointment for having reached the last confrontation and not winning the trophy, but he will be able to celebrate since he will be 13th.
The game will be held this Monday at 12 o'clock in Argentina, with ESPN broadcast. Also, Despite the cut in prizes due to the economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic, the winner will pocket 205,220 euros (USD 243,048), almost 79% less than in 2019.
Schwartzman will have a chance to win the first Masters 1000 of his career (Reuters)
For his part, Djokovic qualified for his tenth Roman final by defeating the Norwegian Casper Ruud (7-5 and 6-3) and is looking for a 36th Masters 1000 title in Rome, which would allow him to overcome Rafael Nadal in this category. the second most important after the Grand Slam (both currently have 35 tournaments).
The Serbian suffered against Ruud , 34th world player, but raised his level in key moments, in an intense match. In the first set, with 4-5 on the scoreboard, he even had to save two set balls. Once again brilliant on the wire, the Serbian walked towards another victory.
“Even after 15 years on the circuit I still have fun and am still hungry for titles,” said the 33-year-old, who referred to the presence of the public in the stands, for the first time in an ATP tournament after it was resumed. the circuit, five months stopped by the pandemic. “I hope there will continue to be an audience in the next tournaments, I missed him a lot, like all the players. It is a good sign regarding the global situation of the covid, I hope things improve, ”said the world number 1, four times winner in Rome, the last in 2015.
About the final, Djokovic said that he does not take anything “for granted”, despite starting as a favorite and stressed that Schwartzman made “the game of his life” against Nadal .