Ruud and Schwartzman praise Buenos Aires crowd ahead of final showdown
The players will go against each other in the Argentina Open final and it will be a clash of former champions. Schwartzman is the defending champion as he won here last year and he will be excited about the prospect of winning back-to-back. After taking down Sonego, he said:
"I'm very happy to repeat the final one more time. I'm very confident here. Sometimes I have to run for three hours to win, but it doesn't matter. I just focus on the win and that's the important thing."
Schwartzman will be in a very tough spot physically having played very long matches in the final two rounds. He explained:
"I have to [find the energy]. Now I have a few hours to rest, to eat and to be ready for tomorrow."
Ruud also had a tricky match against native Federico Delbonis. He also had to play against the Argentine crowd who was firmly behind their compatriot but respect Ruud as a former champion enough not to distract him. On his match, Ruud said:
"I knew it would be a tough match against Delbonis, he always plays well on clay and [hits] heavy strokes. I think we play quite similarly and today I stepped up my game when I had to and played very solid throughout the whole match.”
On the crowd, Ruud said:
"For sure it could be a good experience to play against Diego here. It would be fun to experience the atmosphere. I think [the crowd] are cheering for the Argentinians of course, this is normal, but they are also fair to me and when we play good rallies they clap for both players."