On Tuesday night, world no.36 Diego Schwartzman of Argentina caused a huge upset when he disposed of third seed Dominic Thiem of Austria in three sets (6-4, 6-7 (7), 7-5) in a remarkable three-hour showdown at Uniprix Stadium.
It was the last match of the day at Rogers Cup presented by National Bank and it exceeded even the wildest expectations.
Trailing 6-4, 2-0 to Schwartzman, who was combative, tenacious and sublime at the baseline, Thiem suddenly found his way, breaking his opponent twice before being broken himself and forcing a tiebreak. Thiem then took a 6-3 lead before Schwartzman bounced back and fought off four set points. In the end, the Argentine lost the set to the two-time French Open semifinalist, who seemed to be off and running.
Thiem then took a 5-2 lead in the third after breaking Schwartzman’s serve. He wasted three match points at 5-2, 5-3 and 5-4 and let his rival—who had never won a set against him until tonight—back in the match.
Schwartzman broke Thiem at 5-5 and claimed the unexpected but entirely deserved win.
In the third round, he will face the 20-year-old American prodigy Jared Donaldson, who pursued his mission to decimate the French delegation. After Lucas Pouille in the first round, he disposed of Benoît Paire in two sets (6-2, 7-5).