Argentina’s talisman at the ongoing 2022 ATP Cup, Diego Schwartzman played an important role for his team to take them to the semi-finals but the team fell short as they lost to Poland that saw them finish their group n the 2nd place while Poland advance into the semi-finals.
The ATP Cup was the talk of the town till Novak Djokovic‘s participation was not confirmed and the focus shifts to the player once again as he is allowed to play the upcoming 2022 Australian Open without being vaccinated as he has been a handed exemption from the medical committee formed by the State of Australia.
While the decision to allow the Serbian has certainly got the ‘NoleFam’ excited as now it presents him the opportunity to win his 21st Grand Slam title, 10th Australian Open title and continue his 21-match unbeaten streak at the Melbourne Park. But others have not been in agreement to allow an unvaccinated person as the local citizens of Australia have been in strict lockdown due to the Pandemic.
“We [tennis players] are here to play, and Novak Djokovic has already talked to the tournament and the government. Everyone is talking about it, so players have to be on the side. The press is going to be in the locker room for sure in the next few weeks, but I think we don’t have to say anything. We already spoke in the locker room. I don’t want to say what I think,” said Schwartzman during his press conference at the ATP Cup.
Diego Schwartzman’s record against Novak Djokovic
The two players have met 6 times on the Tour with Novak winning all 6 of them. They met for the first time in the first round of the 2014 US Open with Novak winning the tie in straight-sets. They next met in the 3rd round of the 2017 French Open in which the duo played out a thrilling 5-setter with Djokovic winning 12 of the final 14 games to claim the win.
They next met in the semi-finals of the 2019 Rome Masters, another tight 3-setter encounter. The duo next played in the 4th round of the 2020 Australian Open, their 3rd meeting in Grand Slam events and Novak won the match in straight-sets on his way to his 8th Australian Open title.
They met twice more in 2020, in the finals of the 2020 Rome Masters where Novak won in straight-sets and then again in the round-robin stage of the 2020 ATP Finals, their 6th and final meeting so far, taking his record against the Argentine to 6-0.