Not only Diego Schwartzman and Nadia Podoroska made history by reaching the semifinals in senior singles, as another Argentine, Juan Bautista Torres, won and went to the semis in the junior team at Roland Garros. Instead, Alex Barrena was eliminated in the quarterfinals.
Torres came from winning two games and then left Brazilian Gustavo Heide, the 14th seed of the tournament, out of the race by 6-3 and 6-3. And this Thursday he took another very important step: he beat local Lilian Marmousez 7-6 (4), 6-7 (5) and 6-1.
Thus, the 18-year-old Argentine left-hander settled for the first time in the semifinals of a Grand Slam. His rival for the pass to the definition will be the Swiss Dominic Stricker, the seventh seed in the Paris clay.
For his part, Barrena had reached the quarterfinals without giving up a single set, but could not against the Swiss Leandro Riedi, eighth seed. He fell 4-6, 6-1 and 6-2 and was left wanting to follow in Torres’ footsteps on Parisian soil.
In 2010, Agustín Velotti and Andrea Collarini played the final in which the Corrientes was proclaimed champion, being for now the last Albiceleste player to win the Under 18 title at Roland Garros.