They remain firm. The Argentine tennis players do not stop their march and this Friday three qualified in the Challenger circuit for the semifinals, with the plus that Juan Manuel Cerúndolo and Tomás Etcheverry will face each other in Banja Luka, in Bosnia. While, Sebastián Báez took another step forward in Kiev, Ukraine, in both tournaments on brick dust.
The youngest of the Cerúndolo (135 ° in the world ranking), surprising champion this year of the ATP of Córdoba, is the second seeded in Banja Luka and beat the Chinese Chun Hsin Tseng (259 °) by 6-2 and 6-0.
The striking thing, not very common in this type of championship, is that the four top favorites were installed in the semifinals on Saturday. In fact, Etcheverry, from La Plata and being N ° 142 ATP, defeated local Marko Topo (1,586 °), special guest, with a score of 6-3 and 7-6 (6).
Thus both Argentines reached the semifinal giving up a set in the week and both will be rivals on Saturday, which ensures the presence of an albiceleste in the final on Sunday.
The Argentines conquered this year already 12 tournaments of the Challenger category, being the most fruitful of the circuit. Etcheverry is strong, having reached the semis in eight of the last nine he played, including two titles.
In the semifinals, the round to which they now arrived, Argentina accumulates 48 presences in 2021, with nine from Etcheverry, the aforementioned Cerúndolo reached six and Báez agreed to five.
Precisely, Báez (155 °), the top candidate in Kiev, beat Romanian Filip Cristian Jianu (337 °) by 6-3, 7-5 and his opponent in the semifinal will be the Turkish Ergl Kirkin (347 °).