Tennis: Argentina's Schwartzman reaches Rio Open final

AP , Sunday 20 Feb 2022

Argentina's Diego Schwartzman beat countryman Francisco Cerundolo late Saturday and will play the final of the Rio Open clay-court tournament.

Diego Schwartzman
Argentina s Diego Schwartzman reacts during his ATP World Tour Rio Open 2022 semi final match against Argentina s Francisco Cerundolo at the Jockey Club in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on February 19, 2022

Schwartzman, ranked No. 14 and third-seeded of the tournament, won 7-6 (4), 6-3. He lifted the title in Rio de Janeiro in 2018.

Earlier, the Argentine put his presence in the semifinal in doubt after playing for more than 3 hours and 30 minutes to overcome Spain's Pablo Andujar in the quarterfinals.

Quarterfinals and semifinals of the Rio Open are being played on Saturday due to heavy rain falling in Rio during the week.

``To play in Brazil and feel this support, it is spectacular for an Argentinian,'' Schwartzman said. ``We made a huge effort to play this match.''

The other finalist will be known later. Eighteen-year-old Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz will face Italy's Fabio Fognini.

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