Diego Schwartzman: Little Guy, big heart

Diego Schwartzman is a 5 foot 7 inch Argentian Player who is achieving his career best season on the ATP Wold Tour, continues to prove to the tennis world that height is just a number. Just today, Schwartzman reached his 11th ATP Quarterfinal of the season dispatching the no.4 seed Pablo Carreno Busta in Vienna. Schwartzman’s season was capped a success by his run to the quarterfinals at the U.S. open taking out Marin Cilic and Lucas Pouille, just before losing to none other than Carreno Busta. Little guy he is, he finds ways to take time away from his opponents. He hustles around the court, and takes huge swings, taking the ball on the rise. His ferocious forehand finds all angles of the court. His excellent defense allows him to make his opponents hit one extra ball each time, forcing them to over hit. Achieving his best singles ranking of 26 during this season, makes me wonder if we are seeing a more primitive version of David Ferrer. Incredible hunger and fighting skills, combined with the physical strength of a bull, Schwartzman continues to be a tough out each week. Last week he reached the finals of Antwerp, losing to Tsonga in a tight match. A spectacular clay season saw him reach the quarterfinals in Monte Carlo, bowing out to a super-human form Rafa Nadal. At Roland Garros earlier this year, he pushed Novak Djokovic to a 5 set battle giving him all sorts of fits. Schwartzman must not be underestimated as we will continue to see him fight his way into the top 20 for easily the next 5-10 years.

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