Alex Corretja, former French Open finalist says the five-hour Roland Garros epic action between Diego Schwartzman and Dominic Thiem was ‘a tribute to tennis.‘
The duo fought a hard-war for five brilliant sets at Roland Garros before Schwartzman eventually wrestled a 7-6 (7-1), 5-7, 6-7 (6-8), 7-6 (7-5), 6-2 victory to earn a place in his first career Grand Slam semi-final, it saw US Open Champion out of the tournament.
The duo dulled for five straight hours, on that, It was tennis that was arguably the biggest winner though, with an instant classic being served up on Court Philippe Charrier.
“It was a tribute to tennis”
“I think this is a tribute to tennis, it is one of the most emotional matches I can remember in a long time, especially here on the clay of Roland-Garros,” Eurosport expert Corretja said.
“The match had everything, of course, it was difficult for both of them to serve it out.”
“What I was most enthusiastic about though was that they kept fighting, they kept trying to find solutions despite the windy conditions and heavy balls. It had everything.”
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The result of the classic match will also see Schwartzman move into the top ten for the first time in his career and he may now face the favourite to lift the prize, Rafael Nadal, in the last four of Roland Garros, as Semi-Finals set up.
Schwartzman deserved it, says Thiem
After the match US Open Champion Dominic Thiem said Schwartzman ‘deserved’ it.
“Diego Schwartzman deserved it, and to lose against a friend hurts less,” says Dominic Thiem after being knocked out at Roland Garros.