Renewed action on the ATP circuit in San Diego with negative continuity in the hands of the Argentine Federico Delbonis. Is that the blue extended the losing streak on hard courts to 10 games.
Aslan Karatsev, which burst through in early 2021, especially as a semi-finalist at the Australian Open, did better in the tournament debut and won with partials of 6-1 and 7-5.
Delbo has not won an ATP match since the end of July, in the Swiss brick dust, against Leandro Riedi by a double 6-3. Since that day there have been six defeats (Hugo Gaston in the second in Gstaad, Arthur Rinderknech in Kitzbuhel, Jannik Sinner in Cincinnati, Marcos Giron in Winston-Salem, Denis Shapovalov in the US Open and Karatsev in San Diego).
The Russian, meanwhile, will face the winner of an attractive duel between Hubert Hurkacz (12th), fifth seed and champion on Sunday in Metz, and 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, N ° 5 of the world, followed by the Norwegian Casper Ruud (10 °), both winners of the mentioned Laver Cup. In addition, they will play other names of weight in this contest.
Ruud will 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 (109 °) and the Japanese Kei Nishikori (52 °).