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Jewish Argentine Schwartzman Falls in Quarterfinals
September 6, 2017 by Howard Blas

“In this kind of match and with this type of opponent, confidence was tough.”

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Diego Schwartzman lost his US Open quarterfinal match to Pablo Carreno Busta in straight sets 6-4, 6-4, 6-2 at Arthur Ashe Stadium yesterday.
NEW YORK – Diego Schwartzman’s magical run at the US Open came to an abrupt end on Tuesday when he encountered Pablo Carreno Busta in the quarterfinals during the day session at Arthur Ashe Stadium. Carreno Busta defeated Schwartzman in two hours 6-4, 6-4, 6-2 in their first-ever meeting.

Even the soccer chants of the Argentinian fans, which had lifted fellow countrymen Juan Martin del Potro to victory on Monday from two sets down, did not help Schwartzman, who proved unable to convert on multiple break-point opportunities, winning only two of ten. Carreno Busta won six of eight break points and kept Schwartzman back at the baseline throughout the match.

“In this kind of match and with this type of opponent, confidence was tough,” said Schwartzman, who was very encouraged by his overall performance in New York. “I am really happy to play there in the Arthur Ashe and in the Grandstand and many courts here in the tournament. The crowd this year was amazing. Many Argentinians, many people from here. It was really good.”

Carreno Busta will next face either American Sam Querrey or big-serving Kevin Anderson of South Africa, who played their quarterfinal later on Tuesday.

Israel’s Oliel advances in junior doubles Take four hard hitting junior boys from Brazil, Russia and Israel. Put them on a fast, hard court surface on a sunny Labor Day afternoon in New York. Add hard serves and ground strokes, precision volleys, offensive and defensive lobs, occasional drop shots, and extraordinary athleticism.

It is anybody’s game. Israel’s Yshai Oliel and Alexey Zakharov, the No. 7 seeds, came out on top, narrowly outplaying the Brazilian duo of Igor Gimenez and Matheus Pucinelle De Almeida 6-4, 7-5 in just over an hour on Monday night.

In the first set, teams held serve for the first four games before exchanging breaks.

The teams battled at the net and ran down balls seemingly out of reach. The Brazilians tied the set at four before double faulting down 4-5 to lose the set 6-4.

The second set followed a similar script to 2-2. Oliel was broken in the fifth game and the Brazilians held to go up 4-2. Oliel and Zakharov rallied down 5-3 to close out the set at 7-5.

Coach Jan Pochter offered coaching from the coach’s area to his team in both Hebrew and Russian.

“Both sets started not so good then finished good. It was a nervous match. There were lots of ups and downs.”

Despite hard hitting volleys and exchanges from the baseline, Pochter noted, “I think they can play more aggressive.”

Oliel played his second- round doubles match late Tuesday against Uisung Park of Korea.
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