After his magnificent performance in the first round, where he beat Juan Manuel Cerúndolo, now Federico Delbonis, No. 86 in the world, will try to reach the quarter-finals of an ATP competition for the first time in 2021.
Whoever was a national hero in the 2016 Davis Cup final against Croatia, giving the last point to Argentina, will face Serbian Laslo Djere (60th) in the second round of the Argentina Open.
Delbonis, with his experience, knew how to leave out and cut the positive streak to the youngest of the Cerúndolo brothers, who at just 19 years old played his first ATP tournament last week, in Córdoba, being champion and coming from the classification. Undoubtedly, it was the revelation but in the Argentine capital he was stopped by the Azulean, in a tough duel between lefties.
Djere, the 2020 Rio de Janeiro ATP champion, is the seventh seeded on the clay of Buenos Aires and defeated Italian Marco Cecchinato in the first instance, who won the trophy at the Buenos Aires Lawn Tennis in the 2019 season.
This will be the first time they meet at the ATP Tour level, although they already did so on the Challenger circuit: it was 7-6 (4) and 6-3 for the Azulean in Milan, in the 2015 season.
If he wins, Delbonis will face on Friday in the quarterfinals with Serbian Miomir Kecmanovic (42nd), fourth seeded and pupil of former world No. 3 David Nalbandian, or with Brazilian Thiago Monteiro (74th).