World No. 177 Botic van de Zandschulp couldn’t hide his happiness after putting up another great performance at the US Open and stunning No. 11 seed Diego Schwartzman.
Van de Zandschulp, who earned a main draw place after making it past the qualifying event, stunned Schwartzman 6-3 6-4 5-7 5-7 6-1 to reach the US Open quarterfinal.
“I played so many matches here, some of them I was on the brink of defeat, and for the first time in the tournament I have won the first set,” van de Zandschulp said in his on-court interview, per the ATP website. “The first two I almost ended up losing the match, but I am glad I won in the end.”
Van de Zandschulp has now won a total of seven matches over the past two weeks at the US Open.
“The atmosphere was great,” van de Zandschulp added. “I couldn’t let you guys down. The first for me in America and it has been great. I think before the tournament nobody expected me to reach the quarter-finals here and I hope they are proud in the Netherlands.”
Van de Zandschulp didn’t let Schwartzman claim a comeback win
Van de Zandschulp appeared to be cruising toward a comfortable straight-set win after breaking Schwartzman in the sixth game of the third set.
However, Schwartzman refused to give up as he broke van de Zandschulp in the seventh and 11th game to force a fourth set.
After saving two match points in the 10th game of the fourth set, Schwartzman broke van de Zandschulp in the 11th game and served out for the fifth set in the following game..
Losing the third and fourth set on a disappointing way didn’t affect van de Zandschulp, who broke Schwartzman twice in the fifth set to end up with a five-set win.
Van de Zandschulp plays No. 2 seed Daniil Medvedev next.