Top-ranked Argentine tennis player Diego Schwartzman admitted he was surprised after not letting Adrian Mannarino have a single break point during their Miami Masters third round clash.
Schwartzman, ranked at No. 9 in the world, handed a 6-1 6-4 loss to Mannarino to progress into the round-of-16 at the Miami Masters.
“It’s a bit atypical that I didn’t face a break point today, because I am a player who is used to fighting off break points or fighting from a break down,” Schwartzman said in his post-match press conference, as quoted on the ATP website. “Thankfully, one of the best qualities in my game has been the return.
“It’s clear that when I have days like today when I’m serving well, it gives me a lot of confidence to hit well from the baseline. I know I can take away my opponent’s chances.”
Schwartzman dominated Mannarino
Schwartzman got off to the best possible start as he claimed back-to-back breaks to open a 5-0 lead, before serving out for the opener in the seventh game.
The Argentine then got off to a good start to the second set as he broke the Frenchman in the third game to take a 2-1 lead.
Schwartzman failed to convert a match point in the ninth game but managed to serve out for the match in the following game.
“It was a very good match on my end, in almost every sense,” Schwartzman said. “There were just a few things that I did wrong, and I played with a lot of patience. I mixed it up with aggression whenever I had the chance. Mannarino is someone who plays with a lot of timing, but not as much speed, which allowed me to play my game and hit a lot of balls.”
Schwartzman plays next against rising American star Sebastian Korda, who surprised Aslan Karatsev in straight sets to make his maiden round-of-16 in Miami.