These two players have already faced each other once. It was in Vienna (indoor) in 2017, and Philipp Kohlschreiber won in two tight sets (including a tie-break).
Diego Schwartzman is participating in Roland Garros for the eighth year in a row. This is the fourth time he has reached the third round. He has already passed it twice, including last year when he reached the semi-finals (his best performance).
Philipp Kohlschreiber is playing his 17th Roland Garros. This is the fifth time he has reached the third round and twice he has managed to pass it. On the other hand, his best performance is a 1/8 final and he had fallen from the start in the previous edition.
In this edition
To get there, Diego Schwartzman won in 3 sets against Yen-Hsun Lu and Aljaz Bedene.
Philipp Kohlschreiber advanced to the third round after wins over Fernando Verdasco and Aslan Karatsev. The German lost one set per match.
What a rascal this Philipp Kohlschreiber is. If he doesn’t have legs, he plays with his head and that’s working out pretty well for him at the moment. There’s not much to say about his first match against Verdasco (the Spanish wasn’t there). However, the German used his experience to good effect against Aslan Karatsev. He managed to get into the Russian’s head and make him self-destruct. It’s still a nice surprise.
Against Diego Schwartzman, it should still be a different story for the German as the Argentine should return many more balls. And I expect Kohlschreiber’s advanced age to have a negative impact on his performance.
Diego Schwartzman is an excellent ground player who knows how to be regular in the rallies (even the longest ones) and who should not break down physically. It must be said that he has played two rather quiet matches for the moment.
The little Argentinian has made a much better impression on me since the beginning of the week. Only the mischief of Philipp Kohlschreiber could come to an end. It’s obviously possible since the German seems to be feeling good in this Roland Garros 2021. But I can’t believe that Schwartzman is going to be fooled by this opponent in a 3 set match.
Prediction: Diego Schwartzman