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Diego Schwartzman has been excelling on clay this season.

The Biofile: Diego Schwartzman

Argentine shares his greatest moment, tennis inspirations, and more

Diego Schwartzman has produced top form on clay this year on the ATP World Tour. The 24-year-old Argentine reached the semi-finals in Istanbul, and produced back-to-back quarter-final showings in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. Schwartzman also reached his first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 quarter-final in Monte-Carlo. He defeated Italian qualifier Stefano Napolitano on Wednesday to reach the third round at Roland Garros

Schwartzman shares some of his tennis memories in this Biofile with Scoop Malinowski.

First Tennis Memory: It's tough to remember [smiles]. But I think when I first started to play in my first club in Argentina, Club Nautico Aqua. I always played football and tennis, but then I decided on tennis because I was better at it than football.

Tennis Inspirations: David Ferrer is one of them. And Juan Monaco as well because he's like my big brother. I always try to speak with him and take in all his experience on the ATP World Tour. And then Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, all the top players are so big and so good. I try to follow them.

Greatest Moment Of Career: When I won my first ATP tournament last year in Istanbul.

Most Painful Moment: When I lost in Australia last year. I couldn't finish my match and they took me off the court in a stretcher. It was really painful and disappointing for me. (What happened?) Against John Millman. I was up two sets, then I started to feel cramping. I was on the floor and couldn't finish.

Favorite Tournaments: I really like playing in Australia, then obviously my home country's tournament in Buenos Aires.

Why Do You Love Playing Tennis?: I love to know people all over the world. The food, the people, the language. I like to travel with my team and with my friends. I think that is really nice. I can't do that if I work in my country. I think it's really nice to play tennis.

Funniest Players Encountered: Many. Everyone from Argentina is funny. From other countries, I think Jack Sock and Dominic Thiem inside the locker room. They do many jokes to me and we have a good relationship.

Best You Ever Felt On Court: Against Federer. I've played him three times. It's always amazing tennis against him. It's nice to play against an idol.

People Qualities Most Admired: In general, funny first. And then good people. Funny and good people.

Courtesy of Scoop Malinowski, tennis-prose.com. Scoop is the author of "Facing McEnroe", "Facing Nadal, "Facing Hewitt", "Facing Federer" and "Marcelo Rios: The Man We Barely Knew," all available on Amazon.