He cut his winning streak. Federico Delbonis played as in his best times and advanced to the round of 16 of the Argentina Open, the ATP 250 of Buenos Aires, on the clay of the Buenos Aires Lawn Tennis Club, by beating 6-4 and 7-6 (7-2 ) to Juan Manuel Cerúndolo, the 19-year-old kid who surprised last Sunday when he raised the trophy in Córdoba.
Delbonis, ranked 86th in the ATP world rankings, played seamless tennis on the central court of the complex located in the Buenos Aires neighborhood of Palermo and claimed victory after one hour and 45 minutes, against a rival like Cerúndolo ( 181 °) that was far from the version he showed 48 hours ago when he was crowned at the Córdoba Open.
The Azulean “left-hander”, hero of the Davis Cup final that Argentina beat Croatia in Zagreb on November 27, 2016 (achieved the decisive point against Ivo Karlovic) will play in the round of 16 tomorrow, not before 18 , against Serbian Laslo Djere (60th), who eliminated Italian Marco Cecchinato (89th), champion in Buenos Aires in the 2019 edition, from the tournament.
Cerúndolo, meanwhile, ended a streak of eight consecutive wins that he had achieved in Córdoba (three in the standings and five in the main draw) and will begin to rethink his career, which suffered a calendar change for the title that he achieved and the consequent jump he made in the world rankings (he was in the 335th box 10 days ago) and will be able to go in search of more important objectives.
The 19-year-old youth came out to play very loose in the central court of Buenos Aires, despite being the second ATP of his career, but he was not having a good night and his tactic of playing short conspired against his chances, in fact Delbonis did. he dominated and broke his serve to lead 6-4 and take the opening set.
In the second quarter, Cerúndolo stayed ahead on the scoreboard with his patient and counterpunching style, away from the tennis that rules in modern times where power and physical strength prevail over strategy.
Although he was in a 4-2 lead, he never gave the feeling of dominating the game, while Delbonis, supported by his good forehand and also in some timely winners with the parallel backhand, recovered on the scoreboard and forced a tie break that he won 7-2 to claim victory.
Meanwhile, Francisco, the eldest of the Cerúndolo brothers, brought out all his power to settle in the round of 16 of the Argentina Open, the ATP 250 that is played at the Buenos Aires Lawn Tennis Club facilities, after winning this Tuesday over his compatriot Federico Coria by 6-4 and 7-5.
Cerúndolo, ranked 137th in the ATP world ranking and emerged from the classification, spent one hour and 55 minutes to defeat “Fefo” Coria (85th) on the central court of the complex located in the Buenos Aires neighborhood of Palermo. .
Cerúndolo’s eldest will play his next match on Thursday in the round of 16 against Frenchman Benot Paire (29th), third seed of the tournament, behind local Diego Schwartzman (9th) and Chilean Cristian Garín (22nd) .