Between ATP tournaments and Challengers, 2021 has already left behind several tournaments and, therefore, several champions. Some of them, fortuitously for national tennis, were Argentine. And they are worth remembering! A one-by-one review, in a list headed by Diego Schwartzman and to which some joys and surprises were added.
Undoubtedly, the most exponential Argentine achievement so far this year was that of No. 9 in the world, not only because of what it represents for national tennis, but also because of what was at stake in that tournament. Schwartzman, on March 7 wrote a new chapter: he was crowned champion of the ATP of Buenos Aires after beating his compatriot Francisco Cerúndolo 6-1 and 6-2.
A consecration that meant the fourth for Peque as a professional tennis player, but that fundamentally served to cut the 13 years of drought in which an Argentine was not a champion in Buenos Aires.
In the same order and without less prestige, it is followed by the successful appearance of Juan Manuel Cerúndolo, the young man who settled in Córdoba to break with that idea that a rookie cannot be a champion. The 19-year-old tennis player won the final against the experienced Albert Ramos Viñolas 6-0, 2-6 and 6-2 and for the first time carved his name in the champions of an ATP 250.
In that tournament, all the lights illuminated Schwartzman as the candidate for the title, although in any case Cerúndolo prevailed with height and became the youngest Argentine champion since Guillermo Coria did it in Viña del Mar 2001, with 19 years just compliments.
On the other hand, in the category Challenger two Argentines are the champions so far: in chronological order, Sebastián Báez was the one who prevailed first. In Concepción, Chile, after defeating Francisco Cerúndolo 6-3, 6-7 (5) and 7-6 (5), he lifted his first title in 2021. On the way he had left some tennis players of the stature of Daniel Elahi Galan, Hugo Dellien and Andrej Martin.
The following month, in March, Báez was news again. Also in Chile, but this time in Santiago, he beat Marcelo Tomás Barrios Vera 6-3, 7-6 (4) and won his second trophy. In the quarters, he had surpassed Camilo Ugo Carabelli.
And finally, the most recent, the consecration of Pedro Cachin, a little further geographically than that of Báez but just as close to the heart of Argentine tennis. In Oeiras II, Portugal, the Cordoba beat Nuno Borges in straight sets by 7-6 (4) and 7-6 (3).
A) Yes, There are already five titles won by national tennis players so far in 2021 (between ATP and Challengers tournaments), a year in which the ball returned to roll with more force to the courts and in which the Argentines are making it clear that they want to be protagonists.