MAIDEN SUCCESS FOR SCHWARTZMAN

World no.87 Diego Schwartzman wins all-Argentine clash in Istanbul to reach his first career singles final. He is now in line for double triumps.

2nd seed Grigor Dimitrov, who earlier defeated Ivo Karlovic in two tie-break sets, will play Diego Schwartzman for the TEB BNP Paribas Istanbul Open title. 23-year-old Schwartzman was victorious in the all-Argentine encounter edging out Federico Delbonis 6-7, 6-3, 6-2 to reach his maiden ATP World Tour final.

After being not able to close out the first set serving at 5-4, Schwartzman also couldn’t take the advantage in tie-break. Despite trailing 5/2 in the breaker, 4th seed Delbonis won five points in a row to reach 7/5 and won the opener.

1.70m tall Schwartzman, who knocked out top seed Bernard Tomic in second round, had a brilliant serve performance in the second where he dropped only four points on serve. After breaking his fellow countryman’s serve on fourth game, Diego maintained this advantage until the end to extend the match to a decider wit 6-3.

It was one-way traffic also on third as Schwartzman’s strong serves went on. Taking the most of fans’ support, he had a %84 of first serve percentage while holding all his serves and breaking Delbonis on third and seventh game. 2 hours and 16 minutes later from the start, Schwartzman grabbed the final set 6-2 to move into first career final.

Schwarztman, who has lost to Roger Federer last year here in his maiden semifinal, also scored his first win against Delbonis to improve to a 1-2 head-to-head. Hardworking Argentine will first play the singles final at 17.00 local time against Grigor Dimitrov, then challenge for doubles victory alongside his citizen Andres Molteni versus Dudi Sela/Flavio Cipolla.