The Peruvian Juan Pablo Varillas (127 °) beat the Argentine Sebastián Báez (140 °) by 6-4, 7-5 and became champion of the Challenger of Santiago II. In this way, he gives South American tennis a new success: it has had a champion in the last seven weeks of the calendar.
Varillas, who was 0-4 in the first set and 1-4 in the second, claimed the fourth title of his career and the second of the 2021 season (the other in Biella, Italy). The reference of Peruvian tennis was very solid when it came to coming from behind in each sleeve and He was able to beat Báez in Challengers for the first time this year after three matches (he had won the ATP 500 qualifying in Hamburg).
The coronation of the 26-year-old player is nothing more than a firm example of the reality of South American tennis: between Argentina (Camilo Ugo Carabelli, Tomás Etcheverry, Thiago Tirante, Facundo Mena, Juan Manuel and Francisco Cerúndolo), Brazil (Thiago Monteiro), Chile (Marcelo Barrios Vera), Bolivia (Hugo Dellien) and Peru (Varillas) there have been seven champions in the past seven weeks and ten in the past eleven, all on brick dust. The other positive factor is that there will be tournaments in the region between now and the end of the year.