The only Latin American who has already placed first. As expected, Diego Schwartzman won in the first round of the Australian Open 2021, being for now the first in the region to take the initial step in the first Grand Slam of the season.
The Peque had faced the Swede Elias Ymer once, with a triumph in straight sets at the opening of the US Open 2015. This time, his solidity was not so evident, he suffered some intermittences and at the same time the European let go and committed him in certain passages.
It was still a triumph and celebration with a clenched fist for Schwartzman, the No. 9 in the world and eighth seeded on the hard courts of Melbourne Park. But now he gave up a set, as he beat Ymer 7-6 (3), 6-4, 2-6 and 6-2.
In this way, the best Latin American tennis player of the moment reached 10 victories in the Australian Open and 170 in his professional career. His next opponent will be Frenchman Alexandre Muller (209th), who had just lost qualifying and entered the main draw at the last minute due to the loss of Federico Delbonis.
The Frenchman won his first meeting in a Grand Slam, just in his absolute debut in Australia, by beating another Argentine, Juan Ignacio Londero, with partials of 4-6, 6-3, 6-0 and 6-3. The Cordovan alleged problems in the quarantine suffered in Melbourne, having to train in poor conditions, away from the courts for two weeks due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Another albiceleste had his debut and quick farewell: it was Federico Coria, who was widely surpassed by the great Canadian server Milos Raonic (14th seed) by 6-3, 6-3 and 6-2. Later, the Argentine admitted that he played on a different scale compared to his executioner.
Meanwhile, the best Bolivian, Hugo Dellien, left when he fell to German Dominik Koepfer 7-5, 6-2 and 6-4. The German prize will be measured in the second round with the Austrian Dominic Thiem, N ° 3 in the ATP ranking and finalist in this contest a year ago.