Diego Schwartzman produced another comprehensive display on Wednesday night as he booked himself a place in the third round at the US Open.
The Argentine was taking on Serbian Janko Tipsarevic, and just as he did in the first round, produced a clinical performance, winning 6-2, 6-4, 7-5.
Enjoying his best ever run at Flushing Meadows having reached the third round for the first time in four appearances, he will though have it all to do if he’s to progress any further, with a tough-looking clash against the fifth seed, Croatian Marin Cilic in the next round, scheduled for Friday.
Israeli Dudi Sela couldn’t though join him in the third round, after he was beaten in 80 minutes by the big-serving Sam Querrey.
Sela, Israel’s sole singles player at the tournament, had no answer to the American 17th seed, who wrapped up the win in three sets – 6-4, 6-1, 6-4 – hitting 19 aces and 35 winners, nearly three times as many as the Israeli.
Speaking after the match, he told Jerusalem Post: “You know, he is serving big and on my service game I was playing with a lot of pressure. I was not free, the points were so quick, I didn’t feel the match I didn’t even have time to change my shirt! It was really quick and there was no rhythm. I hate these types of matches. I usually put a lot of balls back. Today I couldn’t. From the first point, I couldn’t — he hit three aces in the first game. It was really difficult.”
Querrey said: “He had one look where I broke him in the first set and he broke me right back. But then I was able to break him again to win that set. And once I won the first set, I gained a little more confidence and played even more aggressive, swung more freely and started to play better and better.
“Dudi is a tricky player. He’s got a fan club behind him, and they are loud and cheering on their guy.”
Sela is still involved in the doubles tournament, where he and Belgian Steve Darcis face Spain’s David Marrero and Frenchman Benoit Paire later on Thursday.
Schwartzman is also taking part in the doubles competition, where he and compatriot Guido Pella take on South Korean Hyeon Chung and Taiwan’s Yen-Hsun Lu in their first round clash.