Veteran Diego Schwartzman plays rising American Jenson Brooksby in the semi- finals of the 2021 Antwerp Open on Saturday, October 23. Get the live streaming options of this Diego Schwartzman v Jenson Brooksby match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Diego Schwartzman v Jenson Brooksby 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.
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
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.
It was a spirited performance by Brandon Nakashima to get to the final eight, but the experience of Schwartzman was too much for the rising American as the Argentine prevailed 6-4, 6-2 for a spot in the semis.
Breakthrough Brooksby Season Continues
It has been an excellent season for rising American Jenson Brooksby. The season saw the American feature in a maiden tour-level final in Newport. He followed it up with a semifinal finish in Washington and also made his Round of 16 debut at the U.S Open, where he took a set of Novak Djokovic before going down in four.
Qualifier here at Antwerp, Brooksby carried his solid form into the main draw, upsetting the fifth seed and compatriot Reilly Opelka in the first round 6-4, 6-4/
He followed it with a humiliating defeat of US Open quarter-finalist Botic Van de Zandschulp 6-2,6-0 looking in ominous form and setting up a quarter-final against Next Gen Spaniard Alejandro Davidovich Fokina.
There was no letting go of Brooksby’s intensity in the final eight as he won a hard fought set 7-5 against Fokina before running away with the second set without dropping a game, 6-0.
Into the final four, the American is up against the experience of Schwartzman, but on current form will be a difficult opponent for any of the remaining men left in the draw.
Schwartzman v Brooksby Prediction and Tip
Although the experienced and seasoned Schwartzman starts as the favorite on the paper, it will be a tough encounter given the surface and the form Brooksby has been in.
Expect the upset with Brooksby making the finals of the European Open in two tight sets.