Historical. Juan Manuel Cerúndolo, 19, became the youngest Argentine tennis player to reach the quarterfinals of an ATP tournament in 15 years, since the inception of Juan Martín Del Potro. This occurred on the fourth day of the Córdoba Open, where Diego Schwartzman also won, the top favorite to the title.
On the clay courts of the ATP 250 that takes place at the Mario Alberto Kempes Sports Center, the youngest of the Cerúndolo brothers, just 19 years old, achieved a milestone and to top it off playing for the first time in a major ATP circuit competition.
The host beat the Serbian Miomir Kecmanovic, third seeded, 6-7 (3), 7-5 and 6-2. The plus was that David Nalbandian from Cordoba was in the stadium, in his first competition as a coach, in support of the European player.
Cerúndolo is 19 years and three months old and is the youngest Argentine to be among the eight best in a big circuit tournament since Del Potro had achieved it, with only 17 years and 10 months, in Umag 2006, also on court. slow.
The youngest of the Cerúndolo comes from qualifying and scored two valuable wins, awaiting the Brazilian Thiago Monteiro, seventh seeded, on Friday. In that half of the table, the lower one, Federico Coria will face the Frenchman Benoit Paire, second candidate.
At the top of the Córdoba table appears Schwartzman, current N ° 9 in the world ranking and main favorite. In his debut, advanced in the second round, he beat Italian Marco Cecchinato 6-2, 6-2, in a special duel between two former Roland Garros semi-finalists.
The Argentine, a finalist in Córdoba last year (he lost the definition with Chilean Cristian Garín) and a quarter-finalist in 2019 (he lost to Guido Pella from Bahia), has a favorable record of 3-1 with Cecchinato, as he beat him at the Challenger de Szczecin 2013 and the Masters 1000 in Madrid and Canada, both in 2019, while suffering a painful defeat in the 2019 ATP final in Buenos Aires.
On Friday night, in the closing of the quarterfinals, Schwartzman will face the Spanish Albert Ramos Viñolas, fifth seed, who suffered to leave out the local Tomás Etcheverry, from the previous phase, by 2-6, 7-6 ( 5) and 7-5. The local was 5-1 up in the tie break of the second set, but there the experience of the European weighed.
The other albiceleste in the race, Facundo Bagnis, coming from qualifying, will play with the Slovakian Jozef Kovalik.