It was not a good day for Latin Americans. On the last day of the Roland Garros qualifying stage, only Colombian Daniel Galán was able to win and get into the main draw of the second Grand Slam of 2021. On the other hand, the Argentines Juan Manuel and Francisco Cerúndolo and Marcos Trungelliti and the Chilean Alejandro lost. Tabilo.
Thus, the balance on Friday in the traditional clay courts of Paris was 1-4 for the South Americans. With Galán and the also Colombian María Camila Osorio Serrano, a great revelation this season, there were two players from the region who successfully raffled the three rounds of the French Open qualy, to complete 12 in the main draw, after 10 that had entered direct according to their positions in the world rankings of the ATP and the WTA.
Galán suffered a lot in his decisive triumph in the classification, since even his rival had the serve to take the victory. The Colombian beat Kimmer Coppejans 5-7, 7-6 (4) and 6-4.
In this way, Galán will play for the third time in a Grand Slam among the 128 of the big picture, the second at Roland Garros. In 2020, the Colombian player completed his best performance in a Major, right in Paris, when he reached the third wheel, where he fell to Serbian Novak Djokovic, No. 1 in the world.
On the other hand, the Cerúndolo brothers could not ratify the promotions this year. Juan Manuel, the surprising ATP champion from Córdoba, in his country, in brick dust, had three match points and was left with the harsh taste of defeat at the hands of the Swiss Henri Laaksonen.
The Argentine fell 6-7 (5), 6-3 and 7-6 (7) before the Swiss’s greatest experience, after having three chances to close the match in the final tiebreak. Thus, he was left with the desire to take the expected leap in Paris.
Earlier, Francisco, his older brother, finalist of the ATP of Buenos Aires, was surpassed by the Italian Alessandro Giannessi by 6-4, 3-6 and 6-2.
Meanwhile, the experienced Trungelliti, who overcame qualifying in several Grand Slam, three at Roland Garros, lost to American Mackenzie McDonald 6-4, 6-4.
The other eliminated from the region in the third and last round of the qualifying phase was Tabilo, when he lost to Spanish Carlos Alcaraz 6-1 and 6-1, his rival being one of the sensations of the season, recently installed in the World Top 100.