Renewed action on the ATP circuit. A new American tournament, in this case in San Diego, open game this Monday. On the opening day, Argentine Federico Delbonis faces off with Russian Aslan Karatsev, in a special date, with various figures and live action on Star +.
At the age of 30 and in the best moment of his career, Delbonis is ranked 44th in the world rankings and is measured against the rising Karatsev (24th), who burst into full swing at the beginning of 2021, especially as a semifinalist in the Open of Australia, but it was falling in its level.
The Argentine southpaw, who contributed the historic fifth point to the 2016 Davis Cup victory in Croatia, has a 23-19 record this season. But it is worth noting a valuable fact: 23 victories were achieved on brick dust, with a 0-5 record on hard surfaces, such as San Diego.
If he wins, Delbonis will face in the second round the Polish Hubert Hurkacz (12th), fifth seed and champion on Sunday in Metz, or the Australian Alex Bolt (144th), coming from the qualifying phase.
The best Argentine, Diego Schwartzman (15th), sixth seed, has just lost the Rest of the World to Europe in the Laver Cup in Boston. He will appear before the Italian Federico Gaio (154 °), also emerged from the qualy.
The top candidate in San Diego is the Russian Andrey Rublev, No. 5 in the world, followed by the Norwegian Casper Ruud (10th), both winners of the aforementioned Laver Cup. In addition, other names of weight will play in this contest.
Ruud will make his debut in the second round with the winner of a very attractive clash between two guests of the organization, over 30 years old and with a past in the elite, between the Scotsman Andy Murray (109th) and the Japanese Kei Nishikori (52nd) .