Argentine Diego Schwartzman was happy with the way he started his season as he saw off Georgia’s Nikoloz Basilashvili in his opening match of the season at the ATP Cup.
Schwartzman, ranked at No. 13 in the world, destroyed Basilashvili 6-1 6-2.
“I want to say Happy New Year for everyone who came and is watching,” Schwartzman said in his on-court interview, per the ATP Cup website. “It was a good start for me. I know him because we are the same age, but we didn’t play [before]. It’s the first time, so I’m happy to beat him in this way. Obviously I’m thinking about myself and I think my start and Federico’s start for our team, it was perfect.”
Schwartzman dominated from the baseline
Schwartzman broke Basilashvili five times en route to claiming a comfortable straight-set win.
“The good thing is I’m not hitting harder than my opponents regularly. That’s why I think I came to the court thinking just to have a good serve game,” Schwartzman said. “I think the return was working very good.”
Schwartzman’s win over Basilashvili sealed victory for Argentina over Georgia as Federico Delbonis beat Aleksandre Metreveli 6-1 6-2 in the opening match of the tie.
“I think it’s a really nice start of the year,” Delbonis said in his on-court interview. “I am very happy with the way that I played. I played from low to a bit higher in my level. I want to keeo improving and now it’s time to cheer Diego and the rest of the team.”
Metreveli is ranked at No. 571 in the world and Delbonis didn’t know much about him.
“Of course you have pressure because I didn’t know him. I didn’t know what I had to expect,” Delbonis said. “In the beginning I felt a bit nervous, the first match of the year and a bit tight after the preseason. But I think I can manage that pressure.”