Exactly 39 years ago, the brothers Alejandro and Carlos Gattiker shared main paintings in Quito and Kitzbühel. In both tournaments they fell in their debuts. However, they will no longer be the last brothers to share a main draw on the professional circuit.
Is that Tuesday’s day of the Córdoba Open 2021 included a historic event for Argentine tennis. Francisco (135 °) and Juan Manuel (335 °) Cerúndolo surpassed their respective premieres, achieved their first victory on the circuit and achieved an unthinkable mark (for the first time, two brother tennis players reached the Eighth Final of the same ATP).
Francisco Cerúndolo recovered from a partial disadvantage against Gianluca Mager (99th) and came to victory by 6-7 (3), 6-1 and 6-4. “I am very happy. It is my first victory and mentally I am very good,” he anticipated for his next steps.
Meanwhile, Juan Manuel, surpassed Thiago Seyboth Wild (119 °), champion of the ATP 250 of Santiago de Chile in 2020. “It means a lot to me. I worked for this all my life,” he said minutes after consummating the victory.
Fran, finalist on the last Sunday of the Challenger in Concepción, Chile, had a very good close to the choppy 2020 season. He won the Challengers of Split, Guayaquil and Campinas. Juanma also became the youngest Argentine to win a major circuit match since October 2007: Juan Martín del Potro, with 19 years and one month, to Feliciano López, in Paris-Bercy.
“We are the new generation and we have to work a lot because we are still missing”, they acknowledged in various notes.
22 and 19 years old, 135 ° and 335 ° in the ranking, right and left-handed, physical and tactical, so are the Cerúndolo respectively. And surely with much more to discover.