In an absolutely surprising way, Genaro Alberto Olivieri (365 in the world ranking) is a semifinalist in the Prague 3 Challenger. Because his name has not sounded lately in this kind of tournaments and because whoever had all the numbers to do it, Facundo Díaz Acosta, was left on the road.
The native of the Buenos Aires city of Bragado defeated by 6-7 (6), 6-4 and 6-4 the Russian Evgeny Karlovskiy, the best seed of the tournament, in grueling two hours and 40 minutes of play.
Also, so far this year he had only reached the quarterfinals at Lexington and Cary, hard-court tournaments in the United States.
While, the porteño (429 of the ATP) yielded in straight sets and by a wide margin with the British Ryan Peniston by 6-3 and 6-1 in 70 minutes of the game.
The tournament in the Czech Republic takes place on clay surface courts and distributes a total of 31 thousand euros in prizes.
Argentine tennis players this year conquered ten Challenger category tournaments, the next in importance to ATPs.