Diego schwartzman said goodbye of the men’s singles table in tennis at the Olympic Games. The Small He was defeated by the Russian Karen khachanov 6-1, 2-6, 6-1 in the third round, could not reach the quarterfinals and now Argentine tennis depends on the mixed doubles duo, Nadia Podoroska – Horacio Zeballos, to add a medal in the discipline for third game in a row.
In the middle of Japanese noon, under intense heat, Schwartzman contested what would end up being a match so strange as the result indicates as fought in a third set that the score was far from reflecting.
Because the first set was almost a formality for Khachanov: a 6-1 that he resolved in less than half an hour, becoming strong with his serve and punishing a Small that he gained very little with his service and that drowned in mistakes both forced and unforced.
Diego Schwartzman will not be able to match the feat of Del Potro, who won a medal in London 2012 and Rio 2016. EFE / Juan Ignacio Roncoroni
In the second round the expense seemed to take its toll on the Russian, who began to lose power (although he still managed to score 6 aces) and Diego, showing off his return, snatched him 7 out of 10 points that the European played with his second serve.
Despite not abounding in winners, the Argentine hit very well and generated several deflected punches from Khachanov to finish closing in 38 minutes and force the third set.
And there fatigue took its toll on both of them. It was difficult to raise my arms. It is enough to prove what it cost them both to connect their first services (39% for the Argentine and 55% for the Russian). At this juncture, the Russian returned better and especially found a Schwartzman who he did not know how to close the multiple opportunities (7) he had to break his service.
Khachanov was accurate in those moments, went bankrupt three times (the last, in the decisive game) and took the match and the classification to the quarterfinals.
Schwartzman and Khachanov greet each other after the difficult match. REUTERS / Edgar Su
At the end of the game, in dialogue with TyC Sports, Schwartzman navigated between his own frustration and an annoyance that he expressed regarding the situation in which both he and his rival had to play.
“I think I had chances, more than him. Well, obviously he won them. My fever is going to have so many chances, see him so tired between point and point and not take advantage of it. It is a mixture of fever between having had to do better and the conditions, “the Argentine unloaded.
And he delved into the latter: “Yesterday it was 36 or 37 degrees of thermal (sensation), today almost 40, not to mention on the pitch. In the end it was a match to see who could hold out the longest. After 10 or 11 balls we both looked like The Walking Dead. It’s upsetting on that side, because losing, you can lose … (But) Coming to play 16 hours after yesterday’s game, every day with 40 degrees … It makes you angry “.
Schwartzman also acknowledged that at times the novelty of the scenario could have played against him. “The experience is completely new. I am too competitive and what belongs to me leaves me horny, what does not belong to me, too. At times I played nervous for being the first experience and in the key moments maybe he played a trick on me, “he admitted.