Diego Schwartzman -21- (ARG) def  Alexander Zverev -06- (GER)
Match recap from Arthur Ashe Stadium announcer Andy Taylor.
“It’s not the destination, it’s the journey”
…says no one who’s ever played a best-of-five, 4th-Round match at a Major. Exultation is so close – yet still three victories away. Of course, first you have to sneak past your Round of 16 opponent.
Today was a journey. A long, twisting, grinding, frustrating, bizarre, messy, exhausting adventure. Schwartzman’s stat sheet wasn’t clean, but it was cleaner that Zverev’s. Had Sascha been able to land first serves – and keep his mouth shut – the match could’ve leaned the other way.
At the Slams, it’s not the journey – it’s the destination. And like a commuter battling Monday morning traffic, the goal is get to that destination as quickly as possible…and to make sure James Keothavong doesn’t hear you barking obscenities at the ass-hat who just cut you off.
NEXT:  Diego Schwartzman -21- (ARG) vs  Marin Cilic -23- (CRO) or  Rafael Nadal -02- (ESP)
Round-4 Biography |  Diego Schwartzman -21- (ARG)
Back in the 4th-Round here in New York – 2-years-ago, he upset 2014 Champion Marin Cilic then Lucas Pouille to reach his first Grand Slam Quarterfinal. A year later, he reached the Quarters at Roland Garros and climbed to a career-high ranking of World #11. Earlier this year, he was a Finalist in both Singles and Doubles in Buenos Aires – reached his first Grand Slam Doubles Semifinal at Roland Garros – and last month, captured his 3rd ATP Tour Singles title in Los Cabos. He’s a Davis Cup Semifinalist, owns 5 career victories over top-10 opponents, and has reached today’s 4th-Round match without dropping a set. From Argentina – Please welcome Diego Schwartzman.
▲ R4: def  Alexander Zverev -06- (GER) 36 64 62 63
▲ R3: def Tennys Sandgren -72- (USA) 64 61 63
▲ R2: def Egor Gerasimov -129- (BLR) 64 62 60
▲ R1: def Robin Haase -143- (NED) 63 76(6) 60
Round-4 Biography |  Alexander Zverev -06- (GER)
In 2015, this 22-year-old made his US Open main draw debut as a qualifier. Four years later, he comes into this year’s US Open as the reigning ATP Finals Champion. Last November, he defeated both Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic to earn the biggest title of his career and climbed to career-high ranking of World #3. This year, he was a Finalist in Acapulco (where he also captured his second Doubles title with brother Mischa), then back in May, he saved two match-points in Geneva’s championship match to earn his 11th ATP Tour Singles title. Through to the 4th-Round of a Grand Slam for the 5th time, today he makes his US Open Round of 16 debut. From Germany, please welcome the #6 Player in the World Alexander Zverev.
▲ R3: def Alijaz Bedene -80- (SLO) 67(4) 76(4) 63 76(3)
▲ R2: def Frances Tiafoe -45- (USA) 63 36 62 26 63
▲ R1: def Radu Albot -41- (MDA) 61 63 36 46 62
Head to Head
This was the 3rd meeting between these two players. Diego has now won 2 of those matches. Before tonight, Alexander Zverev won their most-recent match last year at the Paris Masters.