After a great tournament at the Russian city. The young player who was ATP ranking 435 at the time, managed to win his first Challenger against Altug Celikbilek, number 286 in the world.
In a disputed match in which finally the Belgian player won Celikbilek by 64,36,63.
To reach this title, the Belgian player had to overcome seven great opponents: Nerman Fatic, Ivan Nedelko, Ivan Nedelko, Pavel Kotov, Lucas Catarina, Vit Kopriva, and last but not least, Altug Celikbilek in the final.
With this victory, Zizou becomes the 328th in the ATP Ranking. The best position he has reached so far in his entire career.
The top player of the tournament was crowned champion in the 21st edition of the most prestigious tournament in South America after defeating his compatriot Francisco Cerúndolo 6-1, 6-2. He is the first local winner in Buenos Aires since David Nalbandian in 2008. The Brkic / Cacic duo won the doubles title.
The Argentina Open, South America’s most prestigious and prestigious event, which took place at the Buenos Aires Lawn Tennis Club and was broadcast live by TyC Sports, today had its first local champion in thirteen years: Diego Schwartzman, who beat Francisco Cerúndolo 6-1, 6-2 in the final.
“To the people who helped me in my career, I owe these moments. It was an incredible week for me and it’s the first time I win at home. Two years ago I played in the final, I lost and I was sad at that time, so today I had my revenge”, said the champion during the awards ceremony.
Schwartzman is the first Argentine champion in Buenos Aires since David Nalbandian, when he defeated Jose Acasuso in 2008. That had been the last final between local players at the Argentina Open until today. In addition, El Peque joined the list of five Argentine singles winners in the tournament, which also includes Guillermo Coria (2004), Gastón Gaudio (2005) and Juan Mónaco (2007).
In doubles, Tomislav Brkic and Nikola Cacic, from Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia, won the title after defeating Uruguay’s Ariel Behar and Ecuador’s Gonzalo Escobar in the final, 6-3, 7-5.
While el peque beat qualifier Lukas Klein in straight sets, Cerúndolo hit the ball against Benoit Paire and reached the quarterfinals. The seeded Pablo Andújar and Jaume Munar also joined them in the quarterfinals, which will be played tomorrow.
Today, the great local favorite Diego Schwartzman, world number 9, defeated Lukas Klein 6-4 6-2 without problems to reach the quarterfinals.
The also Argentine, Francisco Cerúndolo, exponent of the new generation, surprised Benoit Paire, 29th on the international list and third seed, after beating him 4-6, 6-3, 6-1 to advance for the first time in his career in an ATP contest.
In addition, the best eight were joined by two other competitors: the Spanish, Pablo Andújar, sixth-seeded, who defeated the Italian Gianluca Mager 6-4 and 7-6 (5) and, Jaume Munar, whobeat Frances Tiafoe, eighth-seeded, 7-6 (4) and 6-4.
This Friday, from 1:00 p.m., the singles contests will be: Schwartzman vs Munar, Kecmanovic vs Djere, Andújar vs Cerúndolo and Ramos Viñolas vs Nagal.
Diego Schwartzman and Benoit Paire will start tomorrow at the tournament with the best prestige in South America. Miomir Kecmanovic is among the first quarter-finalists. Second seed Cristian Garin and Federico Delbonis fell in the second round.
Diego Schwartzman, world number 9 and first-seed, will make his debut this Thursday night against Lucas Klein from Slovakia, who played qualifying. “El peque”, runner-up in 2019 and semifinalist in 2020, is looking for his revenge at home.
Benoit Paire, world number 29th and third favorite, will have as his first opponent the local Francisco Cerúndolo, who passed the previous phase. The day will begin at 1:00 p.m.
Today’s surprise was the elimination of Cristian Garin (2nd) at the hands of Sumit Nagal by 6-4, 6-3. Favorite Miomir Kecmanovic (4th) defeated Thiago Monteiro 5-7, 6-3, 6-4. “It was a tough game. I was able to come from behind and win. We have been working well and I am happy to have someone with experience.” said the Serbian trained by David Nalbandian, Argentine tennis legend and last local winner in Buenos Aires in 2008.
In addition, Albert Ramos Viñolas and Laslo Djere also advanced to the quarterfinals. While in doubles the first seeded pair, Krajicek / Skugor, and the Argentinian, Coria /Cerúndolo, made their successful debut.
While the qualifying phase started with victories for Francisco Cerúndolo, Báez, Velotti and Kicker, the main draw determined a single match between Argentines: Delbonis vs. Juan Manuel Cerúndolo, finalist of the Córdoba Open.
The Argentina Open began its 21st edition today at the Buenos Aires Lawn Tennis Club, with the start of qualifyings, in which four Argentines advanced to the second round. Organized by Tennium, the tournament will run until Sunday, March 7th, and will have a daily live broadcast on TyC Sports, the official channel of the Argentina Open.
The argentinian victories of the day were for Sebastián Báez, Agustín Velotti, Francisco Cerúndolo and Nicolás Kicker. The top seed, Jaume Munar, 104th in the world, also advanced. While Hugo Dellien, second-seeded, could not appear due to a left wrist injury.
In addition to the preliminary phase, the main draw was also carried out, with the participation of Martín Jaite, tournament director, ATP supervisor Jorge Mandl, and ATP Tour Manager, Pablo Juárez.
The local tennis players will have these rivals in the first round: the guests Facundo Díaz Acosta and Thiago Tirante will face a qualifier and Dominik Koepfer, respectively. Federico Coria will be up against a competitor who passes the previous phase.
Facundo Bagnis will face Frances Tiafoe (8th), Juan Ignacio Londero will face Pablo Andújar (6th), Federico Delbonis and Juan Manuel Cerúndolo will star in the only 100% local duel of the first round.
For their part, the first seeded will have the first free pass and will start at the 16 round. They are Diego Schwartzman (ARG, 9th ATP, and first seed), Cristian Garin (CHI, 2nd), Benoit Paire (FRA, 3rd), and Miomir Kecmanovic (SRB, 4th).