|Full name||Diego Sebastián Schwartzman|
|Residence||Buenos Aires, Argentina|
|Born||16 August 1992|
Buenos Aires, Argentina
|Height||1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)|
|Plays||Right-handed (two-handed backhand)|
|Coach||Juan Ignacio Chela|
|Career record||208-167 (55.5% in ATP Tour and Grand Slam main draw matches, and in Davis Cup)|
|Highest ranking||No. 8 (12 October 2020)|
|Current ranking||No. 13 (8 November 2021)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||4R (2018, 2020)|
|French Open||SF (2020)|
|Wimbledon||3R (2019, 2021)|
|US Open||QF (2017, 2019)|
|Tour Finals||RR (2020)|
|Olympic Games||3R (2021)|
|Career record||59-96 (38.1% in ATP Tour and Grand Slam main draw matches, and in Davis Cup)|
|Highest ranking||No. 39 (6 January 2020)|
|Current ranking||No. 160 (8 November 2021)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||2R (2015)|
|French Open||SF (2019)|
|US Open||2R (2015, 2016)|
|Davis Cup||SF (2015)|
|Last updated on: 8 November 2021.|
Diego Sebastián Schwartzman (Spanish pronunciation: ['dje?o se?as'tjan '?wa?dzman], German: ['?va?tsman]; born 16 August 1992) is an Argentine professional tennis player. He has won four ATP singles titles and reached his career-high singles ranking of world No. 8 in October 2020. As a clay court specialist, his best results have been on this surface. He is noted for his high-quality return game.
When he reached the quarterfinals of the 2017 US Open, the 170-centimetre (5 ft 7 in) Schwartzman was the shortest Grand Slam quarterfinalist since the equally tall Jaime Yzaga at the 1994 US Open. Schwartzman said: "It's not just for the big guys here."
Schwartzman reached his first Masters final at the 2020 Italian Open, defeating defending champion and world No. 2, Rafael Nadal, in straight sets, and Denis Shapovalov along the way. He lost to Novak Djokovic in the final. A month later, at the 2020 French Open, he defeated world No. 3 Dominic Thiem to reach his maiden Grand Slam semifinal, where became the shortest man to reach a Grand Slam singles semifinal since the 5-foot-6-inch (168 cm) Harold Solomon at the 1980 French Open.
Schwartzman is Jewish, and is the son of Ricardo and Silvana Schwartzman. He was born and resides in Buenos Aires, Argentina. During the Holocaust his Polish maternal great-grandfather was put on a train to a Nazi concentration camp. The coupling that connected two of the train's cars broke, allowing his great-grandfather and others inside one car to escape. His great-grandfather brought his family by boat from Germany to Argentina. His father's ancestors emigrated from Russia to Argentina by boat.
At youth tournaments, Schwartzman often faced anti-semitic catcalls. On the ATP Tour, he has endured less anti-semitism, but in the 2017 US Open a spectator shouted "Jewish people are not allowed here" in the direction of Schwartzman.
Schwartzman's nickname is El Peque (an abbreviation of the word "pequeño", meaning "Shorty" in Spanish). As a youth, he played tennis at Club Náutico Hacoaj, a Jewish sport club in Buenos Aires that was established by and for Jews who were not allowed to join other sports clubs in the city in the early 20th century.
In 2010, at the age of 17, he won the Bolivia F3 Futures (CL), and in 2011 he won the Chile F14 Futures (CL). In 2012, Schwartzman won titles at the Peru F2 Futures (CL), Argentina F11 Futures (CL), Argentina F14 Futures (CL), Argentina F20 Futures (CL), Argentina F21 Futures (CL), Argentina F22 Futures (CL), and Buenos Aires Challenger (CL). At the 2013 Australian Open, he lost in the final round of qualifying.
Schwartzman made his first appearance in the main draw of a Grand Slam event at the French Open; he came through qualifying before making it to the second round, where he lost to Roger Federer. He lost in the first round of the US Open to Novak Djokovic.
In the ATP Challenger Tour, he won four titles--at Aix-en-Provence, Prague, Campinas, and San Juan. In the Challenger Tour Finals, he won over João Souza, Simone Bolelli, and Guilherme Clezar to claim the title. At the end of the season, Schwartzman was ranked No. 61 in the world.
Schwartzman's best result of the season came at the Istanbul Open, where he reached the semifinals, beating former top-ten player Jürgen Melzer along the way. In the semifinals he faced tennis legend Roger Federer. Schwartzman won the first set decisively, before ultimately falling 7-5 in the final set. He was also part of the Argentine Davis Cup Team, which reached the semifinals in 2015.
Schwartzman won his first-ever singles title at the Istanbul Open--an outdoor 250 clay court event. He impressively defeated established top player Grigor Dimitrov in the final, coming back to win 6-0 in the final set, after losing the first set in a tie-break. Later, Dimitrov apologized for his behavior during the match, after he smashed three rackets, which ultimately led to a warning, a point penalty, and then another point penalty. The second and final point penalty came with Dimitrov down 5-0 and gave the game, set, and match to Schwartzman.
In October, Schwartzman reached his second final at the 250 level, in Antwerp. He lost to Richard Gasquet, 6-7, 1-6. In 2016, he led all ATP players in percentage of break points converted, at 46.6%.
In the Canadian Open the 25-year-old saved four match points to pull off a remarkable 4-6, 7-6, 7-5 upset of No. 3 seed Dominic Thiem, his first-ever win over a top-10 player. As of mid-August 2017, Schwartzman was leading the ATP Tour in winning percentage in return games at 36 per cent (192/532), with Nadal in second place and Djokovic in fourth place.
On 1 September, Schwartzman upset world No. 7 and 5th seed, Marin Cilic in the third round of the US Open to equal the biggest win of his career. On 3 September, he beat world No. 20, and 16th seed, Lucas Pouille in the fourth round to reach his first career major quarterfinal. In the quarterfinals he lost to Pablo Carreño Busta.
Schwartzman's 2017 season proved to be the best of his career to that point. He finished the year ranked world No. 25, in addition to making his first major quarterfinal; he also made two quarterfinals at the Masters 1000 level. He won 39 singles matches and earned $1,536,000 over the course of the season, easily besting his previous records of 17 match wins and $441,000 in the 2016 season. In 2017, he led all ATP players in percentage of second serve return points won (56.1%) and percentage of return games won (34.8%), while coming in third behind Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal in percentage of first serve return points won (34.3%). Finally, he scored his first win over a top-10 player, and then just two weeks later he racked up a second top-10 win.
In his first 17 Grand Slam tournaments, Schwartzman had only reached the third round one time. However, at the 2018 Australian Open, he advanced to the fourth round, where he played world No. 1, Rafael Nadal. For the first time in his career, Schwartzman made the second week at a major for the second consecutive time, following his quarterfinal showing at the 2017 US Open. Despite going into the match with an 0-3 head-to-head record, 0-7 in sets, Schwartzman took the second-set tiebreak 7-4 before eventually going down in four sets. By virtue of his performance, he reached a new career-high singles ranking of No. 24 on 29 January 2018.
He then went on to capture the title at the Rio Open, a ATP 500-level clay tournament, defeating Fernando Verdasco 6-2, 6-3. The Rio Open marked the biggest title of Schwartzman's career thus far. He reached a new career-high singles ranking of No. 15 on 2 April 2018, and was the first Jewish male player to break into the singles top 20 since Nicolás Massú was ninth in 2004. At the French Open, Schwartzman made it into his second Grand Slam quarterfinal. He didn't drop a set on his run to the fourth round, where he faced sixth seed and world No. 7, Kevin Anderson, and won in just under four hours, after coming back from two sets to love down for the first time in his career. Questioned by reporters as to how he defeated the 6' 8? Anderson, he replied: "Did you read David and Goliath?" In the quarterfinals, he took the first set from Rafael Nadal, but it started raining and the match was postponed to the next day where Nadal won the next three sets. His quarterfinal showing marked his third consecutive Grand Slam tournament where he made it to the second week of competition.
Schwartzman participated in only two grass court events in 2018; they included the Eastbourne International and Wimbledon. Although Schwartzman was the No. 1 seed, he fell in the first round to Mirza Ba?i?, in three sets. At Wimbledon, Schwartzman scored his first career grass-court win by defeating Mirza Ba?i? in straight sets, before falling in the second round to Ji?í Veselý.
Schwartzman reached the quarterfinals of the 2018 German Open, but fell to eventual finalist Leonardo Mayer in three sets. In 2018 he was second to Nadal among all ATP players in percentage of second serve return points won (55.8%) and percentage of return games won (30.7%).
At the Australian Open, Schwartzman defeated Rudolf Molleker in four sets and American Denis Kudla in a five-set thriller. He was knocked out in the third round by former Wimbledon finalist, Tomá? Berdych.
Schwartzman then competed in the Cordoba Open, making the quarterfinals. He went on to make the finals at the Argentina Open, a ATP 250-level clay tournament. On his way to the finals, Schwartzman defeated world No. 8, Dominic Thiem, 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 but he lost in straight sets to Marco Cecchinato in the finals. Schwartzman was unable to defend his title at the Rio Open, retiring in the second set with a right leg injury in the first round.
At the 2019 Mutua Madrid Open as an unseeded pair, Schwartzman reached his first Masters 1000 final in doubles partnering Dominic Thiem where they lost to Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tec?u. He defeated world No. 6, Kei Nishikori, 6-4, 6-2 in the quarterfinals of the Italian Open, before being defeated by Djokovic, in three sets.
At the 2019 French Open partnering compatriot Guido Pella also as unseeded pair, he reached his first Grand Slam doubles semifinal losing to eventual champions the German pair of Kevin Krawietz and Andreas Mies. In singles he lost in the second round to another fellow Argentine Leonardo Mayer.
Schwartzman then captured the title at the 2019 Los Cabos Open, defeating Taylor Fritz in the final, 7-6(8-6), 6-3. It marked his first-ever title at a hard court tournament, and third ATP title.
At the US Open, Schwartzman upset world No. 6, Alexander Zverev, in four sets in the fourth round, for his sixth career victory against a top-10 opponent. In the quarter-finals he fell to eventual champion Rafael Nadal.
In Vienna at the Erste Bank Open in October, Schwartzman beat world No. 9, Karen Khachanov of Russia, in straight sets and world No. 14, Gael Monfils. He was defeated by Dominic Thiem in the final.
In 2019, as he had done in 2017, Schwartzman led all ATP players in percentage of second serve return points won (56.1%). For the years 2015-19, of all match-winning tennis players he led in winning percentage against second serves (60%), and against first serves (37.9%). Career-wise, he was fourth among active players in return games won (31.1%), behind only Nadal (33.5%), Djokovic (32%), and Andy Murray (31.7%).
At the Australian Open, Schwartzman reached the fourth round without dropping a set, but was defeated by the eventual champion, Novak Djokovic. He was seeded ninth in the men's singles draw at the US Open, but lost in a first round five-setter to the unseeded British player Cameron Norrie.
At the Italian Open, Schwartzman defeated nine-time champion and world No. 2, Rafael Nadal, in straight sets in the quarterfinals, his first victory against Nadal. Schwartzman said: "It was my best match ever." He went on to defeat Denis Shapovalov to reach the final against Djokovic, his first ATP Masters 1000 final, becoming the shortest player to reach a Masters final. There, he lost in two tight sets despite being a double break up in the first set.
At the French Open, Schwartzman defeated world No. 3, Dominic Thiem, in the quarterfinals in a five-set match that took five hours and eight minutes to complete. It was his ninth career win over a top-10 player. In a rematch of the Italian Open quarterfinals, he was defeated by Nadal in straight sets in Schwartzman's first major semifinals, where he became the shortest man to reach a Grand Slam singles semi-final since 168-centimetre (5 ft 6 in) Harold Solomon at the 1980 French Open.
His first tournament as a top 10 player was at the 2020 Bett1Hulks Championship. He defeated Alejandro Davidovich Fokina in the quarterfinals, and Félix Auger-Aliassime in the semifinals, but was defeated in the final by Alexander Zverev. At the Paris Masters, Schwartzman beat Richard Gasquet and Alejandro Davidovich Fokina before losing to Daniil Medvedev in the quarterfinals.
Schwartzman qualified for the 2020 ATP Finals as one of the top 8. In his debut appearance, he was eliminated in the round-robin stage with a straight-set loss to Novak Djokovic, and a three-set loss to Alexander Zverev. As a result of his successful season and entrance into the ATP top-10, Schwartzman was awarded the Olimpia Award, which is given to the most important Argentinian sportsperson of the year.
Schwartzman reached the third round of the Australian Open, but was defeated by qualifier Aslan Karatsev in a rare matchup between two Jewish tennis players. Karatsev went on to reach the semifinals of the tournament. He was the top seed at the Córdoba Open, but was defeated in the quarterfinals by Albert Ramos Viñolas in three sets.
In his hometown tournament, the Argentina Open, Schwartzman won his first tournament since 2019. In the semifinals, he defeated Miomir Kecmanovi? and in the finals Francisco Cerúndolo. He did not drop a set in the entire tournament.
Seeded 10th at the 2021 French Open, Schwartzman reached the quarterfinals without dropping a set, but was defeated by Rafael Nadal in a thrilling four-set match. Schwartzman was the #8 seed in the 2020 Olympics, which were held in 2021 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. He easily defeated Juan Pablo Varillas and Tomá? Machá?, but lost in 3 sets in an upset to Karen Khachanov.
At the 2021 US Open, Schwartzman reached the fourth round defeating Ri?ardas Berankis, Kevin Anderson and Alex Molcan without dropping a set. However, in the fourth round, he was upset by qualifier Botic van de Zandschulp in a five-set, four hour and 19 minute match.
At 2021 Indian Wells Schwartzman reached the quarterfinals, beating Maxime Cressy, Dan Evans and Casper Ruud before being defeated by Cameron Norrie in straight sets. A week later, he reached the finals at the European Open highlighted by a win over former world #1 Andy Murray in the first career matchup between the two. Schwartzman was defeated in the finals by Jannik Sinner. He continued his success in the fall swing of the season, by reaching the quarterfinals at the 2021 Erste Bank Open with wins over Fabio Fognini and Gael Monfils.
Schwartzman is a baseline player, with solid groundstrokes on both wings and the ability to both counterpunch and go on the offensive. He is known for the clean hitting off both his forehand and backhand, and is capable of taking the ball on the rise and hitting them with depth and pace. Analysts consider that he plays well on the defensive due to his speed and ability to hit winners from defensive positions far out of the court. His speed also allows him to retrieve drop shots and hit passing shots with ease.
Schwartzman has a consistent, though not outstanding, serve and arguably plays better on the return than on serve. In 2017, he led the ATP statistically on return games won and second serve points won. He also possesses solid volleys and prefers the drop volley, though they are not a major weapon in his game.
Schwartzman's speed and powerful baseline game have resulted in most of his success coming on clay rather than hard courts or grass. However, in the past few years he has attempted to add more variety in his game, resulting in breakthroughs particularly on grass, scoring his first ever win on grass only in 2018.
Current through the 2021 US Open.
|Grand Slam tournaments|
|Australian Open||Q3||Q1||1R||1R||2R||4R||3R||4R||3R||0 / 7||11-7||61%|
|French Open||Q2||2R||2R||1R||3R||QF||2R||SF||QF||0 / 8||18-8||69%|
|Wimbledon||A||A||1R||1R||1R||2R||3R||NH||3R||0 / 6||5-6||45%|
|US Open||Q3||1R||2R||1R||QF||3R||QF||1R||4R||0 / 7||14-8||64%|
|Win-Loss||0-0||1-2||2-4||0-4||7-4||10-4||9-4||8-3||11-4||0 / 29||48-29||62%|
|Year End Championship|
|ATP Finals||Did Not Qualify||RR||DNQ||0 / 1||0-3||0%|
I am Jewish and in Argentina, we have many Jewish (people) there, and all the people there know me.