South American duel in the Masters 1000 of Indian Wells: on the one hand the Ecuadorian Emilio Gómez (174th); on the other, the Argentine Facundo Bagnis (74th). Although the ranking and the news of the protagonists favored favoritism for Rosario, it was his rival who took over the scene and took a ticket for the next instance after a resounding 6-3 and 6-1.
Stadium nine was the stage that hosted Gómez’s first victory at the M1000 level, who in this edition entered the main draw after overcoming the qualifying rounds (he beat Aleksandar Kovacevic and Ivo Karlovic), and only had one match played in tournaments of this category: This participation occurred in 2016 in Toronto, Canada, and was eliminated in the first round with the French Lucas Pouille.
For its part, Bagnis began his path in California with the aim of winning a match in a Masters 1000 tournament again, since he has not achieved it for four years. The Argentine, who this year got into the Top 100 again, got his last triumph in 2017, precisely in Indian Wells. On that occasion he beat Julien Benneteau and was later eliminated by Alexander Zverev.
The son of Andrés Gómez, champion of Roland Garros in 1990, will play the second round of the competition against the Spanish Pablo Carreño Busta, who got bye in the first round and is ranked 16th in the ATP ranking.