Diego Schwartzman conquers Dominic Thiem to reach Argentina Open final

Michael Graham
Diego Schwartzman forehand

Dominic Thiem’s perfect run at the Argentina Open has been dramatically ended by home favourite Diego Schwartzman.

Thiem had a perfect 11-0 record across three years going into their semi-final clash, but Schwartzman battled back from a set down to reach his first final on home soil.

The Austrian, who reached the final of the French Open last year, actually had a match point 6-5 in the third set, but Schwartzman produced a forehand winner before forcing a tiebreak.

That tiebreak was another tight affair, with both players trading blows, but it was the Argentine who was able to grind out an impressive 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-5) success in two-and-a-half hours on the outdoor clay.

There will not be an all-Argentine final, though, after Guido Pella’s hopes were ended by Marco Cecchinato, who cruised to a 6-4, 6-2 victory without facing a single break point.

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