‘Diego Schwartzman was never going to give up’ – says former top ten ace

Diego Schwartzman ‘was never going to give up’ in his epic five-set win over Dominic Thiem, says former British number one Tim Henman.

Schwartzman claimed his first semi-final spot at the French Open after a 5 hour spectacle of magnificent tennis and dogged determination which many are calling the game of the tournament.

The Argentinian beat Thiem 7-6, 5-7, 6-7, 7-6, 6-2 in a match where both players, who are good friends off the court, brought out the best in each other.

Speaking in his role as Eurosport pundit, Henman said: “When you reflect on these matches, and especially the five-set matches you are always going to get those swings in momentum but when Dominic Thiem got that third set to lead the match you just felt he was going to take the match by the scruff of the neck and run away with it.

“Both players competed so hard, such long rallies, playing for such a long time I think – over five hours – Schwartzman was never going to give up. It was incredible tennis to watch.

“I think it is the biggest win for Diego Schwartzman when you look at the context of a quarter-final in a Grand Slam – it’s getting through to his first Grand Slam semi-final. It’s a massive win.

“For me, at the end of the match, it was brilliant because it showed so much respect between both players. It showed you can go out there and compete so hard for five hours but it doesn’t mean you have to be an enemy against your opponent.

“It was great to see them talking at the end and I’m pleased for Schwartzman – it was a fantastic win for him.”

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