There are no Argentines in the main attraction of the Australian Open. After 17 minutes of midnight, and after three hours of play, the Czech Tomas Berdych defeated Diego Schwartzman 5-7, 6-3, 7-5 and 6-4 and advanced to the fourth round of the first Grand Slam of the year.
Berdych, 33, absent in the second half of 2018 due to a back injury, implemented a strong tennis of his precise service, which barely conceded once throughout the match, and an exuberant repertoire of winning shots.
The world's first number 4, currently ranked 57th in the ATP ranking, He dominated the game with an aggressive stance and forced the Argentine to defend much of the back of the court.
In the first meeting between the two in history, Schwartzman played a good game but he ran out of options against a rival who had already eliminated the thirteenth seed, Briton Kyle Edmund, in the opening round.
With this defeat, the "Peque" could not match last year's performance, which was his best performance at Melbourne Park with his arrival in the second round, where he fell with Spanish Rafael Nadal.
The Argentine eliminated in the previous phases the German Rudolf Molleker, from the classification, and the American Denis Kudla.
The five representatives of Argentine tennis at the Australian Open were already on their way: Guido Andreozzi, Federico Delbonis and Guido Pella fell in the first round; Leonardo Mayer, second and tonight, Schwartzman, third.
Juan Martín Del Potro of Tandilense, number five in the world, did not appear in the Australian Major to finish recovering from a right knee injury he suffered last year at the Shanghai Masters. His return is scheduled for next month at ATP 250 in Delray Beach, United States.
Now the Czech – semifinalist in Australia in 2014 and 2015 – will be measured with the winner of the game between the Spanish Rafael Nadal and the Australian Alex de Minaur who will play Argentina today at Melbourne's Rod Laver Arena.
For its part, the Swiss Roger Federer left behind the American Taylor Fritz by 6-2, 7-5 and 6-2 in an hour and 28 minutes and advanced to the second week of the tournament, where will be measured against the Greek Stefano Tsitsipas who beat Georgian Nikolaz Basilashvili 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (2) and 6-4.