He is a fighter, a warrior, with great duels in rankings. Without a doubt, Marco Trungelliti, 31, is a strong man in Grand Slam qualifying and boy did he repeat another feat this Friday in New York: he lifted seven match points and became the only South American to qualify for the main draw at the US Open..
Trungelliti, a native of Santiago del Estero, was the Argentine who screamed loudly in the qualifying phase of the US Open. On court 5 of the New York complex, in his hot concrete, he fought until the end in his third round match, faithful to his lineage as a great fighter and achieved the goal.
The Argentine saved one match point in the second set and six more in the third and decisive set, until he defeated American Aleksandar Kovacevic, eight years his junior, 3-6, 7-6 (6), 7-5. Thus, after the stop included due to bad weather, he returned to the fight and ended up celebrating.
Thus, Triungelliti entered for the eighth time a Grand Slam in the individual top draw. He came from being the only one from his country to qualify at Wimbledon and now he will play the US Open for the second time, as in 2019. Later he met his rival in the first round, which will be the Spanish Alejandro Davidovich Fokina.
In case of winning that tough clash, his next opponent could be another Argentine, Facundo Bagnis, who will appear against the Japanese Taro Daniel.
On the other hand, Francisco Cerúndolo, who had just eliminated another Albiceleste, Juan Pablo Ficovich, lost to German Peter Gojowczyk by 6-4 and 6-3. It will be necessary to see if these days he can enter the key as a lucky loser, if he loses himself in the table.
In addition, another Argentine, Sebastián Báez, fell when he was surpassed by local Christopher Eubanks with a score of 2-6, 7-5 and 7-6 (6). The South American was very close to the goal, but did not reach him.