They want to celebrate at home: five Argentines seek the title at the Cordoba OpenFebruary 8, 2019
, in its absolute premiere within the ATP circuit, have a baptism with a local triumph. It is still missing, of course, but a couple of important steps have already been taken.
, who will face each other for a place in the semifinals. There will be, in addition, another assured Argentine semifinalist, and it will emerge from what emerges as the outstanding crossing of rooms between
Last night, the Peque had to overcome an unfavorable start against the Italian Alessandro Giannessi, but from the second set he asserted his Top 20 category and swept for a triumph by 6-7 (4-7), 6-3 and 6-0. that reveals how much the duel changed from the second partial. Then, almost with Australian schedules-the match ended after the 1-, Pella won the cross of left-handed to Albert Ramos Viñolas by 6-4 and 7-6 (7-4), in a match even and very good level. The record in the ATP level between the two Argentines is 1-1, although Schwartzman won the last crossing, last year in Monte Carlo.
"Je, everyone says they see me in the final on Sunday, but it's not so easy, the preseason are losing almost all and it's not easy to compete, I've been playing for almost six months in cement. from Roland Garros, and there are also other conditions, there is a bit of height and a new ball, the games out there do not come out in the best way, it is matched and complicated, there are players who are doing things well and taking advantage of their chances " explained Schwartzman about what happened on Thursday. The Peque (3rd favorite) and Pella (8th) are the last seeds in the race.
The number 20 in the world managed to reverse a complex stretch, something that the first two favorites of the tournament could not do. Fabio Fognini, in a low level, erratic and protest against the surface, lost 6-1 and 6-4 against the Slovenian Aljaz Bedene. Marco Cecchinato, who fell against Spanish Jaume Munar by 6-2, 3-6 and 6-1, also sank.
, who had to fight to eliminate Roberto Carballes Baena 6-7 (3-7), 6-2 and 6-2. The southpaw of Azul returns to the quarterfinals of an ATP after 7 months (Bastad 2018), and beyond the problems with his hip, if he is loose his heavy ball can hurt in the Cordovan field. After an inauspicious start to the year, the slow court tour can offer a sort of space to change the chip and regain the spotlight.
The program on Friday:
The quarterfinals will start at 15.30, with the game between Delbonis and Munar, followed by the Cordovan crossing between Londero and Cachin. In the night session, not before 19, Schwartzman and Pella will be measured first, while the Slovenian Bedene and the Uruguayan Pablo Cuevas will close the day.
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