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

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.

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Schwartzman is loving the New York crowd, which has cheered for him throughout his matches so far.

NEW YORK – Diego Schwartzman is having the time of his life in the Big Apple. He hasn’t been to a Broadway show or a Yankees game, but he has twice been to the Grandstand at the US Open and stunned two of the tournament’s top players over the weekend.

Schwartzman – the 25-year-old Jewish Argentine – defeated No. 5 seed Marin Cilic of Croatia 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 on Friday and returned to the same court on Sunday to knock out No. 16 Lucas Pouille of France 7-6(3), 7-5, 2-6, 6-2 in his first career Grand Slam fourth round match.

Schwartzman advances to the quarterfinals and faces Pablo Carrreno Busta of Spain, who defeated Israeli-born Canadian Denis Shapovalov in straight sets earlier in the day on Sunday.

Schwartzman played catch up in the first two sets. He overcame a 3-1 deficit in the first set, tying at 3-3, never ahead until taking the tie-breaker 7-3.

In the second set, Schwartzman was down 4-2, then fought back to win three straight games and closing out the set 7-5.

After dropping the third set, Schwartzman closed out the fourth set in a quick 30 minutes.

Schwartzman is loving the New York crowd, which has cheered for him throughout his matches so far.

“They are helping a lot in the matches. When it’s a tough moment in the match, they are making noise with me, just to be with me in the match. I am really happy for that and thank everyone for doing that.”

Schwartzman is looking forward to playing his first Grand Slam quarterfinal against Busta in Arthur Ashe stadium.

The winner of their match will play in the semifinals against either Sam Querrey or Kevin Anderson.

Meanwhile, in the juniors tournament, Israel’s Yshai Oliel cruised to a 6-4, 6-4 first-round victory over American wild-card Ryan Goetz.

“I was happy with how I played and hope to continue like that,” said Oliel, who is seeded sixth at the event.

The 17-year-old lefty from Ramle is currently ranked No. 11 in the world for juniors and No. 890 for men.

“I was a little tight in the beginning of the match,” said Oliel to The Jerusalem Post. “I started feeling better and better every game.”

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