Schwartzman Battles Back From Two Sets Down
Diego Schwartzman matched the recent exploits of Stefanos Tsitsipas and Alexander Zverev by fighting back from two sets down to advance on Wednesday at Roland Garros. The 15th seed turned his second-round contest on its head, dominating Jaume Munar in the final three sets to escape with a 2-6, 6-7(3), 6-2, 6-2, 6-2 result on Court 7.
After dropping the second-set tie-break, Schwartzman changed the complexion of the encounter by securing his first two breaks of the match to open up a 4-0 lead in the third. He jumped out to a double-break lead at 5-1 in the fourth and followed suit in the fifth by racing ahead 4-0.
With the win, Schwartzman improved to 5-2 at Roland Garros in five-setters, and 7-6 overall in five-set contests. He advances to the third round in Paris for the fifth time in the past six years. A 2020 Roland Garros semi-finalist, he also reached the quarter-finals in 2018 and 2021.
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The Argentine lost out on one break point in each of the opening sets, but broke seven times on eight chances in the latter three. He saved 11 of 14 break points on his own serve in the match, including nine of 10 in the last three sets.
Playing in Novak Djokovic's top quarter, Schwartzman will next face 18th seed Grigor Dimitrov. The Bulgarian moved past Borna Coric, 6-0, 6-4, 6-3, soon after the Argentine's victory. Dimitrov leads his ATP Head2Head series with Schwartzman 3-1, including a convincing victory earlier this month in Madrid.
The 31-year-old Dimitrov is in top form this week, having dropped just 10 games across six sets to reach the third round. He's reached at least the third round in Paris in five of his six most recent appearances.