diego schwartzman suffered a resounding 6-2, 6-3 defeat today in the second round of the Masters 1000 of Indian Wells versus Casper Ruud, who will be the next rival of Chilean Cristian Garín. The Norwegian, seeded third in the tournament, got rid of a struggling opponent without much difficulty, in one hour and 28 minutes of play on Center Court.
schwartzmann, who is going through a results crisis and is no longer the best-placed Argentine in the ranking, was unable to put up a fight against an opponent whom he had beaten in five of their eight previous meetings. Now, he is in serious danger of falling out of the Top 40, after almost six years.
“I lost to Diego here a couple of years ago, so it was nice to get revenge”Rudd congratulated himself after the game. “Diego is a great player, I have lost many times against him, so you have to be very focused, play a lot of balls and not make too many unforced errors,” he said.
And he added: “The goal was to try to play strong and sometimes combine a bit and go to the net. Luckily, today went well for me”.
The European, who last year was runner-up in two tournaments of grand slams (Roland Garros and the United States Open), he is experiencing a disappointing start to the season without managing to overcome the round of 16 in any of his four tournaments played.
His most unexpected setback was in the second round of the Australian Open against the American Jenson Brooksby. However, he returned to deploy the steadier version of him to outplay all facets of the game. schwartzmannwho is going through an even worse moment of form.
The tennis player from Buenos Aires exhibited the lack of confidence that has characterized him in the last year, in which he fell from 14th to 38th place in the world ranking and said he had suffered from anxiety problems on the court.
The first setback was against Jeffrey John Wolf in Australia. He then fell in the first round against Juan Manuel Cerúndolo in Córdoba, Spaniard Bernabé Zapata Miralles in Buenos Aires, Serbian Dusan Lajovic in Rio de Janeiro, and Chilean Nicolás Jarry in Santiago. Schwartzman had just finished 2022 with seven consecutive falls and his mark in 2023 was 1-6.