On Tuesday, world No. 15 Diego Schwartzman will go to battle with world No. 31 Miomir Kecmanovic at the Italian Open. Both players won only one match at the Mutua Madrid Open, with Schwartzman losing to world No. 20 Grigor Dimitrov in the round of 32 and Kecmanovic coming up short against world No. 4 Rafael Nadal in the same stage. Both players will be hoping to go a bit further in Rome this week, and they each have the talent to do so—but one will come away even more disappointed than last week.
Schwartzman’s loss to Dimitrov was quite uncharacteristic of him, as the Argentinean got completely run off the court. It’s not often that you don’t see Schwartzman at least making his matches competitive, but Dimitrov earned a 6-0, 6-3 win in just an hour and 10 minutes. With that said, you should expect Schwartzman to come back readyto go when he takes on Kecmanovic. The 29-year-old has either won or taken a set in 17 of his 21 clay-court matches since the start of the 2022 season, and you should count on him to win at least one here.