The fantastic year of Diego Schwartzman He is closing off in an excellent way with his participation in the ATP Finals in London, although things are not going well for him on British soil: lost in his second straight presentation to Alexander Zverev, in three sets, and was on the verge of elimination.
For the second round of Tokyo Group 1970, the Small fell 3-6, 6-4 and 3-6 against the German, who recovered after the fall in his debut against the Russian Daniil Medvedev, who this afternoon will face the Serbian Novak Djokovic (not before 17, for ESPN). The key break occurred in the fifth game of the third set, when the Teuton, who went on to command against his rival on duty (3 to 2), broke his serve.
Now the Argentine will depend on a victory of Nole, with which he fell on his debut, to stay with chances to qualify for the semifinals. If that happens, he will have to beat Russian Medvedev on Friday and wait for the result between Djokovic and Zverev.
The outlook is complicated for the Villa Crespo native, who also maintains the illusion of following in the footsteps of his compatriots Guillermo Vilas, David Nalbandian (champions) and Juan Martín del Potro (runner-up), who managed to reach a final of the Masters Tournament . It should be remembered that Schwartzman became the eighth Argentine in history to participate in this contest, joining the aforementioned José Luis Clerc, Guillermo Coria, Gastón Gaudio and Mariano Puerta.
At London Group 2020 yesterday the second day was played and it was the Austrian Dominic Thiem the one who gave the note by beating the Spanish Rafael Nadal. While the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas defeated the Russian Andrey Rublev, who was eliminated. For the last date (tomorrow) Thiem, who secured the leadership of the zone, will collide with Rublev at the same time that Nadal and Tsitsipas will define the second and third place.
It is worth mentioning that in case of equality of points, the pass to the next round will be defined by the result of those involved.
Tokyo 1970 Group:
Djokovic 1 (play today)
Medvedev 1 (play today)
London Group 2020:
* The first two of each group will qualify for the semifinals
Horacio Zeballos and Marcel Granollers achieved their second victory in the Bob Bryan Group: They defeated Croatian Mate Pavic and Brazilian Bruno Soares in three sets for the second day of the doubles. The pair made up of the Argentine and the Spanish had already beaten the oceanic John Peers and Michael Venus, in two sets.
Yesterday the second date of the Grupo Mike Bryan and went the Dutch Wesley Koolhof and the Croatian Nikola Mektic those who reaped their second victory in a row against the North American Rajeem Ram and the British Joe Salisbury (they had also won in the debut) and took the top of the area. The other couple that was well positioned was the one made up of the Germans Kevin Krawietz and Andreas Mies, who prevailed against the Polish Lukasz Kubot and the Brazilian Marcelo Melo.
Bob Bryan Group:
Zeballos / Granollers 2
Melzer/Roger-Vasselin 0 (they play today)
Peers/Venus 0 (they play today)
Grupo Mike Bryan:
Krawietz / Mies 1
Kubot / Melo 0
* The first two pairs of each zone will qualify for the semifinals