2021 continues to be a great year for Federico Delbonis (51 °), won in Roland Garros to italian Fabio Fognini (29th) in three straight sets, and he got for the first time in the round of 16 of a Grand Slam, where he will have to face the Spanish Alejandro Davidovich Fokina (46 °).
It is not the first time that the man from Azul leaves Argentine tennis at the top. In your scrapbook you store some milestones that you will never ever forget:
In 2013 he defeated the Swiss Roger Federer in the ATP 500 semi-final in Hamburg, where he would later fall to Fognini in the final.
March 2014 was a great month for the Argentine: first he achieved his first ATP title in São Paulo after beating Paolo Lorenzi, and days later he gave the Argentine team the fifth point to define the Davis Cup series against Brazil.
In 2015, he beat Stan wawrinka (Top 5 at the moment) in the ATP Geneva quarterfinals.
The great feat of the entire modern generation of Argentine tennis players would arrive in 2016: the much desired Davis cup. Delbonis himself began the final series against Croatia in Zagreb with a loss to Martin Cilic, but the rematch would come in the fifth and final point that put him through with Ivo Karlovic, whom he dispatched in 3 sets. Finally, the Azuleño, together with Del Potro and Mayer, would bring the much desired and deserved ¨Silver Salad Bowl¨ to the country.
In 2021, a year of rebirth for Delbo, he reached the quarterfinals of a Masters 1000 for the first time in his career after defeating Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime in two sets.
The No. 51 in the world has 19 victories in brick dust and is the player with the most victories on this surface so far in 2021: he reached the second round of Monte-Carlo, where he was defeated by Rafael Nadal; got into the quarterfinals in Belgrade with a loss to Taro Daniel; then he reached the round of 16 in the M1000 in Madrid; he made it to the quarter-finals in Rome after being defeated by Reilly Opelka, and last week he reached the semi-finals in Belgrade 2, where he was eliminated by Alex Molcan.
Close to his best ranking (33rd), Delbonis lives a first at 30 years old.