Veteran Diego Schwartzman plays rising American Brandon Nakashima in the quarter finals of the 2021 Antwerp Open on Friday, October 22. Get the live streaming options of this Diego Schwartzman v Brandon Nakashima match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Diego Schwartzman v Brandon Nakashima Head to Head
This will be the first meeting between both players on the tour.
Schwartzman Looking For Positive Season End
It has been a mixed season for Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman, with moments of brilliance interspersed with heartbreaking losses, like the one inflicted by Roberto Bautista Agut in Canada.
His calendar for the season thus far includes a title success in Buenos Aires, and a quarterfinal finish at Roland Garros, where he took the first set of Rafael Nadal, before bowing out in four sets.
Having thrown away three match points in his Round of 16 defeat to Roberto Bautista Agut in Toronto, Schwartzman has looked like a man low on confidence and belief for a good portion of this season. This was again evident in his five set loss to Botik Van De Zandschulp in the round of 16 at the US Open where he failed to press home the initiative after an excellent fourth set win.
While clay brings the best out of Schwartzman, he is a pretty decent player on hard courts as well, with five of his 11 finals coming on the surface. But Los Cabos 2019 remains his only hard court title, with the other three triumphs coming on clay.
Schwartzman had fair runs at both San Diego and Indian Wells since the US Open, looking in decent form, losing in the quarter-finals of both to Andrey Rublev and Cam Norrie respectively
With a crowd of players in a tussle for the last two spots at the tour finals in Turin, the Argentine’s chances look bleak, but he will like a strong run this week and over the next few weeks to end his season strong and on a high.
After a first round bye being the number two seed here at Antwerp, Schwartzman was up against former world number one Andy Murray who is on the comeback trail. Murray took just under four hours to win his opener against Frances Tiafoe earlier this week.
Some of the fatigue was definitely evident as Murray put up another good fight but fell short in straight sets 4-6, 6-7 with a strong second set going out 6-8 in the tiebreak to the Argentine.
Nakashima In Midst of Positive Week
Brandon Nakashima has already enjoyed a breakthrough season, breaking in to the top 100 for the first time in his career, and reaching two successive finals in July, finishing runner-up at both Los Cabos and In Washington.
In addition, the young American now needs just handful more of ranking points to be certain of a place in the NextGen Finals to be held next month in Milan.
Having come through qualifying in Antwerp, Nakashima made a fine start in his quest to getting them with a victory over the number six seed and world number 26, Alex de Minaur, in the first round on Tuesday.
While the first set was well fought with only break of serve, the American raced through the second for a 6-0 win.
Nakashima prevailed in a tight second round encounter against Swiss Henrik Laaksonnen winning in a decider and setting up a quarter-final encounter against Schwartzman.
Schwartzman v Nakashima Prediction and Tip
American Nakashima has had some good results this year and despite a dip in form recently, has looked good this week. On the indoor courts he can pose challenges to the Argentine, but expect Schwartzman to pull through in a decider.