French Open 2020: Diego Schwartzman moves past Dominic Thiem to make it to his first Grand Slam Semifinal

Diego Schwartzman dug deep to win one of the matches of the year, 7-6(1), 5-7, 6-7(6), 5-7, 6-2, over third seed Dominic Thiem, the 2018 and 2019 finalist, on Court Philippe-Chatrier at French Open 2020.

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The match between Dominic Thiem and Diego Schwartzman was as phenomenal as expected. The duo set the court on fire with their exhausting rallies, cracking winners and supreme quality serves. The match took three hours to complete the first three sets. It was a battle of the best clay-court players.

Diego Schwartzman won 7-6(1), 5-7, 6-7(6), 5-7, 6-2, over third seed Dominic Thiem, at French Open 2020. Diego might be up against Rafael Nadal next if he can win against Jannik Sinner.

Thiem makes it one set all

Diego Schwartzman, the Argentine won the opening set. The set was neck to neck as the players were playing excellent groundstrokes and serving well. Schwartzman, appearing in his fourth major championship quarter-final, recovered from 2-4 down in the first set. The set went to a tie-break where Diego offered Thiem only one point and sealed the set. The set ended in just over two hours and was the trailer of the match that was ahead.

The second set began with Thiem making all efforts to stride towards a quick seal of the set. In the second set, Thiem knew he had or make a comeback. The set was again a close battle and ended at 7-5 with Thiem getting the

Roller coaster in set 3

Thiem saved a set point to snatch the third set, 7-6 (6), from Diego Schwartzman. The Argentine was in the lead with 5-3 as he served for the set in the third. He could not make things go in his favour as Thiem stretched the set to a tie-break. Despite having the lead in the seven-point decider, 5-1, Diego made a comeback to make it 6-6. Yet Thiem sealed a win 8-6.

While Thiem looked tired, much like his last match against Hugo Gaston, Diego Schwartzman could not control his nerves at the crucial moments.

The fourth set began with a break for Dominic Thiem

The US Open winner lead 2-0 in the fourth set, as he aimed to seal the match right there. Diego was lacking confidence after losing a well lead third set. As the match moved ahead, Schwartzman got back with a break and level the scores 2-2. Schwartzman was on fire as he mixed up the volley, drops and smashes to lead 4-2. Thiem was broken twice as the set victory glared Schwartzman at the face. Finally, at 5-4, Diego earned 3 set point and Thiem saved all three. The last setpoint saved was gigantic down the line forehand winner he hit on the run. With 26 rallies, Thiem earned the breakpoint.

At 5-5 Thiem trailed 0-30 at serve but made it 30-30 with dominating rallies. He lead 6-5 but needed to break Schwartzman, which seemed another exhausting task. Despite being visibly drained, his strokes were still bombastic. The court coverage from both the players was worth an applaud at after 4 hours as if they were playing the first point of the match.

The third set tie-break first point, Thiem stood strong and dominating the rally until Diego missed in the net. The set ended as Diego successfully won the tie-break and pushed the set into the fifth.

Battle for semis

At 5 hours and eight minutes, Schwartzman won. An astonishing win, and he reached his first-ever semi-finals at a grand slam. The last set saw a little tired Thiem who was broken by Schwartzman. There was no coming back from there as Diego extended his lead to 5-2 and finally sealed the match 6-2.

Diego Schwartzman won 7-6(1), 5-7, 6-7(6), 5-7, 6-2, over third seed Dominic Thiem, at French Open 2020 quarters. Diego has set up a semi-final clash against the winner of Rafael Nadal and Jannik Sinner.

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