South American treble and assured presence of a player from the region to play the final of the Challenger of Campinas, on clay and closing the year of the second ATP circuit. The Argentine Francisco Cerúndolo, the Colombian Daniel Galán and the Brazilian Felipe Meligeni won in the quarter day and they are excited.
Cerundolo (159th in the world), champion in Guayaquil two weeks ago and recent quarter-finalist in Lima, beat Facundo Bagnis (126th), third seed, 6-2, 7-5 in the purely Albiceleste match. The winner fell 5-4 in the second set, reversed it by taking three games in a row and getting a ticket to the semis.
At 22 years old, Cerúndolo is the seventh seed in Campinas and will play with the local Meligeni (242 °), the same age as the Argentine. This young man is the nephew of Fernando Meligeni, a well-remembered professional tennis player and former Davis Cup player, born in Argentina.
In his match, Meligeni beat Chilean Alejandro Tabilo (173rd) 7-5 and 6-1 and thus deluded the Brazilian supporters to have a local champion in Campinas, a tournament endowed with $ 52,000 in prizes.
In the upper half of the box appears Galán (117 °), brand new champion in Lima, fourth seed, who defeated Russian Dmitry Popko (172 °), eighth seed, 6-3, 6-3 in the quarterfinals.
Galán’s opponent in the other semifinal will be the Spanish Roberto Carballés Baena (102nd), the top candidate for the title, who beat the Egyptian Mohamed Safwat (157th) 6-4, 1-6 and 6-0.