Schwartzman earns ‘crazy’ Cologne win, boosts ATP Finals hopes


Argentina's Diego Schwartzman proved himself to be one of the best competitors on Tour yet again with a come from behind win in Cologne

Diego Schwartzman took a big step towards qualifying for the season-ending Nitto ATP Finals with a “crazy” comeback win over Alejandro Davidovich Fokina in the Cologne Championships quarter-finals on Friday.

The Argentinian was staring down the barrel of defeat when he lost the opening set and trailed 5-2 in the second. But after Davidovich Fokina was unable to convert a match point, Schwartzman recovered to win 2-6, 7-6 (7-3), 6-1 to set up a semi-final with either Felix Auger-Aliassime or Yoshihito Nishioka. 

Schwartzman is aiming to secure one of the final two spots for the ATP Finals. He currently occupies the final qualifying berth. 

“Tennis sometimes is crazy,” said Schwartzman. “Maybe today I got lucky to be here answering questions. But that is why I am here as well with this ranking, because I am always trying to find a way to win the matches. Today was not the exception to the rule.”

Home favourite and top seed Alexander Zverev came through in three sets, beating Adrian Mannarino 6-4, 6-7 (5-7), 6-4. He meets Jannik Sinner, who recovered from losing eight straight games to defeat Gilles Simon 6-3, 0-6, 6-4, in the other last-four match.

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