Top-ranked Argentine tennis player Diego Schwartzman insists he absolutely loves playing at Roland Garros.
Schwartzman, ranked at No. 10 in the world, saw off German Jan-Lennard Struff in straight sets 7-6 (9) 6-4 7-5 to make his third quarterfinal at the French Open.
“I love this country, I love Paris. I think my best tennis is always here,” Schwartzman said in his on-court interview, per the ATP website. “It was not a good clay season, but when I came the first day here, I was feeling very well again. I’m very happy to be back, very happy to be in the quarter-finals again. I’m not very happy to maybe play Rafa in the next round, but let’s see what happens this time.”
Schwartzman will be battling against record 13-time French Open champion Rafael Nadal for a place in the semifinal.
“The people were enjoying, so why not play a few more games in the match?” Schwartzman joked. “It really was an amazing feeling today, playing with a lot of people… I love you guys, so see you next round.”
Schwartzman stole the first two sets
Schwartzman was down 5-1 in the first set and had a total of seven points but failed to convert as the Argentine stole the opener.
Struff was also twice up by a break in the second set but failed to capitalize as Schwartzman also stole the second set.
Struff recovered from two breaks down in the third set but still ended up losing the set.
“I did many mistakes. I think at the beginning of the match, he had the first set very easy. I made a comeback. Then in the second I was two times a break down. Then in the third I was up, then I was not sure to close the match,” Schwartzman said. “It was a weird match, but it sometimes happens. The important thing is I won in three sets. I’m just thinking positively right now.”