Pure history. Juan Manuel Cerúndolo, 19, became the youngest Argentine tennis player to reach an ATP tournament semifinal in 14 years, since the beginnings of Juan Martín Del Potro. In the ATP 250 in Córdoba, the left-hander made sure to climb around 80 places in the world rankings to finish 255th.
It took 14 years, since the Adelaide tournament in January 2007, for a male from Argentina to get into the semifinals of a professional circuit competition at such a young age. At that time, at 18 years and three months, Del Potro succeeded, while now Juan Manuel Cerúndolo, at 19 years and three months, followed in Córdoba.
Undoubtedly, the success of the youngest of the Cerúndolo brothers over Brazilian Thiago Monteiro, with a score of 6-2, 2-6 and 6-3, in the opening of the quarter-final day, left a huge mark in the dust brick of the Mario Alberto Kempes complex, in Córdoba.
In addition, in another milestone, Cerúndolo became the first player to climb to the semifinals in his absolute debut in an ATP tournament, as has not happened since the Hungarian Attila Balazs had done in Bucharest 2012.
Cerúndolo arrived at this tournament being No. 355 in the international ranking and has already made sure to advance about 80 places from next Monday. The Argentine would be 255th, although it is clear that he will climb even more in the case of settling in the grand final on Sunday.
Therefore, Cerúndlo will never forget this week, with an indelible mark on his professional and general life. And it goes for much more …