Incredible weeks in a row for the Cerúndolo brothers. The youngest, Juan Manuel, passed the classification and was champion in his first ATP tournament, in Córdoba. Now, Francisco, the oldest, 22 years old, three more than the owner of the aforementioned title, also raffled the qualy, but in Buenos Aires, to reach his first semifinal on the major circuit. Really, unthinkable for them and their parents, a whole family of tennis players.
In the Argentine capital, Francisco overcame a tough obstacle like the Spanish Pablo Andujar (57th), former World Top 35, 35 years old and a lot of experience in tow, with a score of 1-6, 6-3 and 6-2 . It was an immense joy for the homeowner, ranked 137th in the ATP rankings, ensuring that he broke into the Top 120 for the first time.
That success opened the door for him to face another careful Spaniard on Saturday, such as Albert Ramos Viñolas (46th), also seeded in Buenos Aires, who has just been a finalist in Córdoba. Of course, there last Sunday he gave up in three sets with Juan Manuel Cerúndolo.
Now Francisco will be encouraged by Juan Manuel, in reverse of the aforementioned final. In addition, the roles will be reversed, since by age it is Francisco who knows the rivals the most, in general from the Challengers tournaments, and now the youngest can give him a hand to cross with Ramos.
“I’m going to ask Juanma what his game in Córdoba is up to, to see what ‘tips’ he can throw at me. Usually it’s the other way around, he asks me. But now I’m going to take all the advice that my brother is going to give me. ”, He assured.
“Yesterday and today I lost the first set, but I didn’t play badly, my rivals played at a very high level at the beginning, but then I started to play better. Like I never give up a game, I always try to turn it around and start to impose my style of play, “he said at a press conference.
“I have been doing this well and it has been giving me very good results in recent months. Now I ended up having an incredible match in the last two sets,” reflected the new ATP semi-finalist, happy to do so in front of his people and excited to continue climbing in the Buenos Aires painting.