Diego Schwartzman lost in the quarter-finals of the Paris Masters on Friday but remains thick in the race for the last position at the ATP Finals.
The Argentine was taken down 6-3, 6-1 by Daniil Medvedev at the Bercy arena, leaving Schwartzman now somewhat dependent on the only long-odds scenario that could keep him away from the London year-ender starting November 15.
Third seed Medvedev needed just 64 minutes to reach the semi-finals, breaking Schartzman four times and sending down eight aces against an opponent he has now defeated in all four of their matches.
The Argentine has been riding a wave since the resumption of tennis in August after the COVID-19 lockdown.
The 28-year-old beat Rafael Nadal in the Rome quarter-finals and stopped US Open champion Dominic Thiem in the Roland Garros quarters after losing his first 22 career matches against Top 5 players.
According to ATP calculations, the only way that Schwartzman can fail to make it to London as the last man would be if rival Pablo Carreno Busta somehow beats Nadal here later in their quarter-final and then goes on to win both here and next week in Sofia.
Schwartzman was not at all pleased with his showing: “I was doing everything bad today. It can happen, but it’s disappointing.
“I arrived playing good tennis but today – nothing.
“I had mistakes, I was not solid, It was a really horrible
match from my side.”