Number seven seed Diego Schwartzman of Argentina will play Russia’s breakout star Aslan Karatsev in the second round of the 2021 Madrid Open on Wednesday, May 5. Get the live streaming options of this Diego Schwartzman v Aslan Karatsev match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Diego Schwartzman v Aslan Karatsev Head to Head
Schwartzman and Karatsev have met once before this. It was at the Australian Open in February when the Russian produced the upset in the third round, dispatching the Argentine in straight sets.
Schwartzman Seeks Melbourne revenge
After an opening-round bye, Schwartzman will brace himself for quite possibly the most testing second-round match at the Mutua Madrid Open. A meeting against Aslan Karatsev for the second time in three months would have been the last thing in his mind when the draw was made.
Nonetheless, Schwartzman will seek the address the wrongs from Melbourne against the in-form Karatsev. On clay, the pendulum should swing in his favor, having returned to the winners’ circle on home soil in Buenos Aires.
That success in the Golden Swing ended a trophy drought that threatened to extend beyond two years.
The World No. 9 has recorded strong results on the dirt this year as compared to hard courts, and this month, he will defend a substantial number of points. Schwartzman made the final in Rome last year and the semifinals of Roland Garros.
So far in 2021, he is one of a handful of players to have passed the double-digit mark in terms of match wins following his quarterfinal showing in Barcelona.
Karatsev Not Resting on His laurels
At this time last year, Karatsev was hovering outside the top 200 in the world rankings. Fast forward 2021, the 27-year-old is eyeing a spot in the world’s top 20. It is certainly one of the most jaw-dropping jumps in tennis in recent memory.
His latest breakthrough came at the Serbia Open two weeks ago when he beat World No. 1 and tournament favorite Novak Djokovic in the semifinals. It was the best win of his career by some distance, and he looks and hosed for a seeding spot at the French Open.
Karasev made his Madrid debut on Monday, and he overcame a tricky opener against France’s Ugo Humbert. The World No. 27 fired 24 winners en route to a 7-5 6-4 win, improving to 18-5 for what is turning out to be his career-best season.
Schwartzman v Karatsev Prediction and Tip
Not many times Schwartzman is the bookies’ underdog on clay, but it is hard to ignore the level that Karatsev has exhibited all year. The Russian should hold all the cards for this one.