In the second round of the 2019 ATP Sydney International, Argentine superstar, Diego Schwartzman is set to face qualifier, Guillermo García-López, from Spain.
Guillermo García-López enters this match having beaten Denis Kudla in the previous round. It was a comprehensive performance by García-López as he won in straight sets. During the win, Guillermo García-López impressed with his receiving as he won close to 50% of the return points which allowed him to win 5 break points. That being said, Guillermo García-López had issues with his own serve as the Spaniard allowed Kudla to win 3 return games. This match will be much tougher for Guillermo García-López as Schwartzman is an exceptional receiver and the Argentine will likely expose the Spaniard’s weak serve.
On the other side of the court, Diego Schwartzman received a bye in the opening round due to his seeding meaning this will be his first match of 2019. Schwartzman ended the 2018 season in the top 20 throughout the season. As far as this tournament is concerned, Diego Schwartzman is the number 2 seed. Schwartzman has a good record in Australia as he played well at the 2018 Australian Open. Schwartzman is significantly higher ranked when compared to his opponent and as a result, will enter this match as the favourite.
Guillermo García-López and Diego Schwartzman have played once in the past. The match was played in 2015 at ATP Auckland where Diego Schwartzman won in 3 sets.
While Guillermo García-López had a strong win in the opening round, I see the Spaniard losing this match. Guillermo García-López had issues with his serve and he should struggle in this match as Diego Schwartzman is known for his exceptional returning. Diego Schwartzman is significantly higher ranked and I see him beating a less skilled player in this match.