In an even and changing duel, Peque defeated Canadian Denis Shapovalov in three sets and will seek the crown in Italy against Novak Djokovic
September 20, 2020 Share on FacebookShare Share on TwitterTweet Share on WhatsAppShareThe key move in Diego Schwartzman's triumph over Shapovalov
“It's a joke? This is extraordinary! It's a different sauce right now. These two men are playing at a phenomenal level . “ The narrator in English of the duel between Diego Schwartzman and Denis Shapovalov for the semifinal of the Masters 1000 in Rome , went crazy after the rally that hovered around 40 seconds of maximum tension, in which Peque, with the match tied 4-4 in the last set , gave a blow to his adversary's morale during the first confrontation between the two. After rescuing the ball twice before two powerful passing shots from the Israeli-born Canadian, and then finding himself on the ropes before Shapovalov's excursion to the net, he resolved first with a balloon and then with a long impact, which ended with the Argentine with arms raised and the necessary accolade of confidence.
The 21-year-old Peque overcame 6-4, 5-7 and 7-6 (7-4) a difficult contender to reach the final of the tournament, in which he will face Novak Djokovic this Monday from 12 (time Argentina). Of course, this is not an impossible mission for Schwartzman, who dispatched neither more nor less than Rafael Nadal in the quarterfinals. In addition, he became the first Argentine to reach a Masters 1000 final since 2018, when Juan Martín del Potro achieved it .
Schwartzman's best plays against Shapovalov
In the context of an even, changing match, with innumerable service breaks, Peque had to oppose his talent to the heavy blows of Shapovalov. After a first set in which he maintained the state of grace that he brought from the duel against the Spanish Nadal (beyond the fact that he could close it by serving 5-3), his opponent reacted, he put equal sets, and together they gave a vibrant match, which changed domain several times.
Just in the tie break, Peque took control of the game until he became a finalist. Before, he walked several times with the ledge, when Shapovalov broke his serve and had the chance on more than one opportunity to materialize the break. But there arose the talent of the Argentine and the mistakes of his contender, in a bid that featured hot moments, such as when the representative from Albiceleste claimed because Denis spoke in Russian with his coach Mikhail Youzhny.
But once again he prevailed and will seek the crown against Djokovic, with whom he faced four times on the ATP circuit and the Serbian won each time. The last time they met was at this year's Australian Open and Nole won 6-3, 6-4 and 6-4.