A triumph separates Alejandro Tabilo (167th in the world) to contest in Miami for the first time in his career the main draw of a Masters 1000.
The Chilean tennis player defeated the US local Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (224 °) by 6-3 and 6-4 on Monday and advanced to the second and last round of qualifying.
The second Chilean racket already has a rival to seek the passage to the main draw of the contest. It will be the tough Bosnian Damir Dzumhur (126 °), who on this day eliminated the American Ulises Blanch (251 °) by 7-6 (6) and 6-4.
If he wins, Tabilo will play his first main draw of a Masters 1,000 and will accompany Cristian Garin (20th), who as 13th seeded was free in the first round.
The Ecuadorian Emilio Gómez (168 °), who defeated Romanian Marius Copil 6-3 and 6-4 and the Argentine Renzo Olivo, who beat the Japanese Go Soeda also 6-3 and 6-4. Meanwhile, the also albiceleste fell Facundo Mena. The Ecuadorian Roberto Quiroz plays at the end of the day against the Italian Thomas Fabbiano.
This is a special contest. Miami was not played in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic and now it will be the first Masters of 2021. And it will be special, since for the first time since Paris 2004, in a Masters 1000, Federer, Nadal and Djokovic will be missing, the renowned ‘ Big 3 ‘of the professional circuit, owners of almost all the records.
Among the Latin Americans, in addition to Garin, is Diego Schwartzman, No. 9 in the ATP ranking, waiting in the second round for Salvatore Caruso or Yasutaka Uchiyama. The other South Americans who entered the table directly are Federico Delbonis, who will make his debut against Jordan Thompson, and Daniel Galán, who will do so against a rival emerged from the qualifying phase.