Diego Schwartzman stands within touching distance this week of achieving a tennis dream by qualifying into the eight-man ATP Finals for the first time in his career.

The Argentine stands eighth in the points race during this COVID-hit season and can solidify his spot this week at the Paris Masters.

Schwartzman needs a weekend semi-final at the Bercy arena to punch his ticket to London after an opening loss by chasing rival Matteo Berrettini.

The South American said he began fancying his chances after beating Rafael Nadal in a Rome quarter-final three months ago and followed up by upsetting US Open winner Dominic Thiem in the Roland Garros quarters before falling to eventual champion Nadal.

“I have less pressure than my competitors, they have to hope that I don’t win any matches. I have it (qualification) in my own hands,” he told the ATP website

The newest member of the ranking Top 10 is clearly worked up about making it to London from November 15.

“After a few victories in Rome, it was clear that London was my new destination. I didn’t think of it a few months ago, but now it’s the only thing on my mind. “


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