A good one and a bad one. The Azuleño Federico Delbonis (51 °) extended his good ride on the European brick dust tour and debuted with a good victory against Radu Albot (89th) by 6-1, 2-6, 6-0 and 6-1 in the first round of Roland Garros. Conversely, Francisco Cerúndolo (117 °) was defeated in his debut against Brazilian Thiago Monteiro (80 °) by 6-3, 6-4 and 6-3 and said goodbye to the French tournament.
Delbonis, winner of two tournaments on the ATP circuit, continues on a streak on clay: after having reached the round of 16 in the M1000 in Rome, the quarter-finals in Madrid and the semi-finals in Belgrade 2 a few days ago, it was his turn to make his presentation in Paris.
In a match that was favorable from the start, the 30-year-old Argentine took the initiative from the beginning and took the first set 6-1. In the second, the European imposed his conditions and closed the sleeve in his favor by 6-2.
Already in the third and fourth sets, the one born in Azul and winner of two ATP titles, pressed the accelerator, broke at the opportune moments and finished the third and fourth sets 6-0 and 6-1 respectively to advance to the second round. .
In the next instance he will play against the Spanish Pablo Andújar (68 °) which comes from giving the note and eliminating Dominic Thiem (4th), two-time finalist in Paris and champion of the 2020 US Open, by 4-6, 5-7, 6-3, 6-4 and 6-4.
On the other hand, Cerúndolo, finalist this year of the ATP 250 in Buenos Aires, and who arrived at this meeting as a lucky loser due to the loss of Canadian Milos Raonic, could not defeat Monteiro and said goodbye to Roland Garros in what which marked his first main draw appearance at a Grand Slam.
Thus, the eldest of the Cerúndolo brothers, after the great warning in Buenos Aires, fought but did not find his way around. He made too many mistakes and quickly walked away from the traditional Parisian clay.