‘Dominic Thiem and I must cut our friendship,’ says Diego Schwartzman ahead of quarterfinal clash

Good friends Dominic Thiem and Diego Schwartzman have agreed to cut their friendship in preparation for their upcoming quarterfinal clash at Roland Garros.

Thiem booked his quarter final place in this years French Open with a tight five set thriller against young French hopeful Hugo Gaston.

Gaston, a wild card at the French Open, currently ranked 239, came from two sets behind to put pressure on Thiem, giving the home crowd something to shout about.

But the US Open Champion showed his quality, eventually winning 6-4, 6-4, 5-7, 3-6, 6-3 and setting up his quarter final place.

Meanwhile, Schwartzman saw off Lorenzo Sorengo in a no-nonsense three straight set defeat 6-1, 6-3, 6-4.

The pair, both clay court specialists, will now meet in what is expected to be a tightly contested match.

Speaking after his fourth round win, Diego said of his relationship with Dominic Thiem: “I was watching the last four games of Thiem’s match; it had been incredible. I was very impressed by Hugo, especially after the first two sets.

“Then I saw Dominic in the locker room, we had a good time, but we have already told each other that we must cut the relationship until Tuesday. I am happy for him; he is playing spectacular tennis and had a great test today.

“For my part, if I play as I have been doing these last two weeks, I know I will have my chances. I’ll have to go over how Hugo did it in the third and fourth sets against Domi, so then I’ll try to do the same. The idea is to keep him behind the baseline.”

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