Carreño – Schwartzman: the semifinal of the Conde de Godó Trophy

Carreño - Schwartzman: the semifinal of the Conde de Godó Trophy

As we have mentioned, the head-to-head between both players is favorable to Pablo Carreño Busta by a tight 2-1. The duel on clay dates from last season, where Carreño Busta beat Schwartzman in the quarterfinals of the Open Banc Sabadell Conde de Godó 2021 (6-4, 3-6, 7-5), it is the closest reference. In 2017, Carreño won the US Open, while ‘Peque’ Schwartzman won the ATP 500 in Vienna.

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Two 3-set matches that seemed long at times and as he himself said, if it hadn’t been for the crowd, he wouldn’t have been able to find the strength to come back from the match against Ruud. For his part, Schwartzman arrives more rested in the short term, but we cannot forget that he played in the Monte Carlo final last Sunday.

The man from Gijon arrives with reinforced morale after overcoming Casper Ruud and saving 3 match points, and now he faces another great player on clay, the Argentine ‘Peque’.

On the day of Sant Jordi, which is celebrated every April 23 throughout Catalonia, the players participating in the Conde de Godó Trophy wanted to give a gift to all the fans by reciting the legend of Sant Jordi in Catalan.

Those who notice it the most, of course, are the Spanish. This is what Carreño said after ending up beating Ruud yesterday: “This type of game, playing at home helps a lot and the crowd was incredible. It helped me when I was mentally down. The atmosphere was one of the best in my life.”

“I’m very happy. The day, after yesterday’s rain, we knew it was going to be tough. Perhaps I didn’t expect it to be so tough, although I’m leaving with two wins and one more experience on center court. We enjoyed tennis at moments like these. They were two very tough matches both physically and mentally. Against Ruud I saved the second set, I had confidence and I really enjoyed myself on the court”.

You have never won three consecutive semi-final matches on this surface before… Will today be the first time?

We’ll see if today the ‘Peque’ draws the face to face with Carreño and is planted in a new final after the one harvested in the M1000 of Montecarlo.

Yesterday, without going any further, there were players who had to double because on Friday they had to play the quarterfinals and they had not yet been able to play the eighth.

In the morning, he did the same against Sonego in almost 3 hours (6-2, 5-7 and 6-2) and in his debut he beat the Spanish Zapata (6-3 and 6-3).

Before, in the round of 16 he had to get rid of Musetti (6-4 and 7-5) and in his debut in the Barcelona tournament of McDonald (6-2 and 6-2).

Today before Schwartzman we will see if the saying that the third time is the charm becomes good…

The ‘Peque’ comes from eliminating Auger-Aliassime in the quarterfinals and reaching the final in Monte Carlo, losing it to Tsitsipas. Carreño will have to be very well if he wants to win!

In addition, on clay they have met only once, precisely in Barcelona last year, and it was also the Spaniard who took the cat to the water, winning 6-4, 3-6 and 7-5.

Today we have ahead of us the semifinals of the ATP 500 in Barcelona, ​​the Conde de Godó Trophy. In the first semifinals, Pablo Carreño from Gijón and Diego Schwartzman from Argentina will face each other for a place in the final.

The Argentine starts as a favorite because of how he arrives but we saw yesterday that the Spanish is a tough nut to crack. Match that we have ahead! Do not miss it!


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