Against all odds Diego Schwartzman took a surprise defeat against Daniil Ostapenkov, which after 6-4 and 6-3 gave Belarus the first point of the series against Argentina for Davis Cup World Group I.
The Buenos Aires Lawn Tennis Club witnessed, for just over an hour and a half of play, the great level shown by the Belarusian tennis player. Solid from the service and stabbing with his backhand, he put the tennis of the N ° 15 in the world, which fell into successive unforced errors.
Although a priori everything indicated that the best Argentine racket would have an accessible match, it was not like that. The 18-year-old, who does not have an ATP ranking and is ranked 63rd at junior level in the ITF, he played with total ease and gave the great hit of his career.
It should be remembered that after the defeat against Colombia in 2020, the national team descended to World Group I. In case of winning the series against Belarus, Argentina will play in March the Qualifers for a place in the Finals next year.
For its part, the Belarusian team has just been eliminated in the 2020 Qualifiers with Germany (4-1), so it was also relegated to World Group I and became the rival of Argentina.
Argentina’s hope will be on the next matches: Guido Pella, against Erik Arutiunian, a 16-year-old boy who also does not have an ATP ranking and who is in 42nd place at the junior level.
And then in doubles Máximo González and Horacio Zeballos against the pair of Alexander Zgirovsky (1222 °) and Martin Borisiouk (949 °). The last singles matches will be Schwartzman against Arutiunian and Pella against Ostapenkov.