Djokovic ends Schwartzman’s campaign

Djokovic ends Schwartzman’s campaign

Diego Schwartzman is out of the Australian Open after losing in straight sets to world No. 2 Novak Djokovic at Rod Laver Arena.

Novak Djokovic (left) shakes hands with Diego Schwartzman after the match. Photo: Peter Haskin
Novak Djokovic (left) shakes hands with Diego Schwartzman after the match. Photo: Peter Haskin

DIEGO Schwartzman’s impressive Australian Open campaign came to an end today (Sunday) after going down in straight sets to world No. 2 Novak Djokovic.

Fourteenth-seeded Schwartzman had the crowd on his side as underdog as he temporarily slammed the brakes on Djokovic’s third-set surge, but was unable to hold back the tide, with the Serbian world champion winning the match 6-3, 6-4, 6-4.

The agile Argentinian returned some unlikely balls, particularly in the second set, including a few short lobs from Djokovic, engaging his opponent in some lightning volleys.

Photo: Peter Haskin

In the third, he even chased a Djokovic return, and with his back to the net swung around to successfully slam it home, delighting spectators at Rod Laver Arena.

The Australia Day stoush ended Schwartzman’s impressive Australian Open campaign.

“Today was a tough match … totally different … I was running almost in the defence position many, many times because he [Djokovic] was serving so good,” Schwartzman told The AJN.

“I was trying to keep in focus and not thinking about the score. It was tough and I’ll try to improve for the next time against him.”

Photo: Peter Haskin

And Djokovic told media, “Diego is in form and he hadn’t dropped a set in three rounds and obviously he can be a very dangerous opponent from the baseline if you give him time.

”I knew that and I stepped out on the court with a clear game plan,” he said.

Camila Giorgi (left) shakes hands with Angelique Kerber after losing in three sets on Saturday. Photo: Peter Haskin

In other tennis news, Italy’s Camila Giorgi went down to German 17th seed Angelique Kerber 2-6, 7-6, 3-6 on Saturday.

Camila Giorgi. Photo: Peter Haskin

Meanwhile, Israeli junior girls singles player Shavit Kimchi lost her encounter with the Philippines’ Alexandra Eala, who won 6-0, 4-6, 6-2.

Shavit Kimchi in action. Photo: Peter Haskin
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