Diego Schwartzman made quick work of Spanish qualifier Alejandro Davidovich Fokina on Thursday, with a 6-1 6-1 thrashing in Paris putting the Argentine within one victory of a place in the ATP Finals.

The third-round beatdown at the Bercy arena took just 61 minutes, with the winner breaking five times and annulling all four breakpoints against his own serve.

Schwartzman is lining up for the last spot at the eight-man season wrapup which begins in London’s no-fan O2 arena on November 15; he has never played the year-ender before.

The 28-year-old South American’s game has seriously lifted over the past two months, with finals in Rome (after defeating Nadal in a quarter-final) and Cologne; in addition he reached the Roland Garros semis.

“I thought the match was going to be very tough, as we played just 10 days ago,” said Schwartzman. 

“I did everything well today, serving and moving well. Tomorrow will be a different match against (Daniil) Medvedev or (Alex) De Minaur.

“They both are very solid, they move well and have good defence. I am trying to do everything I can to be in London.”

Schwartzman stands 25-11 during the best season of his career. After winning a 10-minute opening game, the sixth seed was barely troubled by his Spanish opponent.

He has now defeated Davidovich Fokina in all three of their matches this season, in the Australian Open second round and last month in the Cologne quarters.

Main photo:- Diego Schwartzman winning in Paris ©ATPTour.com


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