Diego Schwartzman has the most daunting task of any player on Day 1 of the U.S. Open: Facing Novak Djokovic under the lights at Arthur Ashe Stadium. The Argentinian is ranked No. 79 in the world, the highest he’s ever been ranked.
Here’s what you need to know about the 22-year-old from Buenos Aires:
1. This Is His 1st U.S. Open & 2nd Grand Slam
Schwartzman made his first appearance in a Grand Slam event at this year’s French Open, where he advanced to the second round after defeating Gastao Elias 6-4, 6-2, 7-5. He nearly qualified for the 2013 Australian Open, but lost in the final round of qualifying.
The 5-foot-7-inch Argentinian has a career record of 3-8 on the ATP World Tour and in Grand Slam tournaments.
2. He Faced Roger Federer in the 2014 French Open.
In the second round of the French Open, Schwartzman lost to Roger Federer 3-6, 4-6, 4-6. The 17-time Grand Slam champion, who was the No. 4 seed at the French Open, then advanced to the fourth round before being upset by Ernests Gulbis.
3. He’s Won 9 Futures Titles
Vamos carajo!!! Campeón en Praga para cerrar la segunda gira del año por Europa, muy felizzz pic.twitter.com/h2wBghwqwj
— diego schwartzman (@dieschwartzman) August 10, 2014
Schwartzman has won nine Futures titles. After winning Bolivia F3 Futures in 2010, he won the Chile F14 Futures in 2011. In 2012, he won titles at the Peru F2 Futures, Argentina F11 Futures, Argentina F14 Futures, Argentina F20 Futures, Argentina F21 Futures, Argentina F22 Futures and the Buenos Aires Challenger.
4. He’s a Big Fan of Lionel Messi
Gigante messsssssiaas!!!!! Pero hay que reveer muchas cosas de lo de hoy.. Que lindo es tener al mejor de todos pic.twitter.com/YkmcIdJy5J
— diego schwartzman (@dieschwartzman) June 21, 2014
He attended the World Cup in Brazil to watch his country work its way into the World Cup final, where Messi and Co. lost 1-0 to Germany.
5. He Has a Sister Who’s a Lawyer & 2 Brothers
Schwartzman, who is Jewish, started playing tennis when he was 7-years-old, has one sister, Natali, who is a lawyer. He also has two brothers. Andres is a travel agent, while Matias is a computer programmer.