Absolute champion! Sebastián Báez (124th) was better than everyone in the Buenos Aires Challenger and, after beating Brazilian Thiago Monteiro (102nd) in the final by a resounding 6-4 and 6-0, he won a title that lets you dream of winning a spot in the Next Gen ATP Finals, in Milan.
The 20-year-old Argentine closed a solid tournament in which he only gave up one set, in his debut against Pedro Cachin (266 °). In the second round he had beaten Juan Ignacio Londero (170 °), then the Peruvian Juan Pablo Varillas (129 °) and finally Juan Manuel Cerúndolo (102 °), with whom he also competes for a place in Milan in November.
With this victory, will be ranked No. 112 in the world, which will be the best mark of his career. And the most important thing is that will climb to ninth position facing Milan: he will overtake the Danish Holger Rune (123 °) and will be behind the youngest of the Cerúndolo brothers, who was seventh and dropped one place.
It should be noted that there are already five tennis players who have their place guaranteed for the tournament that brings together the best players of the season who were 21 years old or less at the beginning of the year: Jannik Sinner, new champion in Antwerp, Félix Auger-Aliassime (12th), Carlos Alcaraz (42nd), Sebastian Korda (38th) and Jenson Brooksby (70th).
Of the eight places awarded by the Next Gen ATP Finals, two remain in dispute, since the last place is reserved for an Italian tennis player. At the moment, both places occupy them Lorenzo Musetti (69 °) and Brandon Nakashima (79 °).
Soon, Musetti will play in the ATP 500 in Vienna and Nakashima in the Challenger in Brest, while Cerúndolo and Báez will be present in the Challenger in Lima 2.
In this way, Báez added his fifth Challenger trophy, the second in a row. This season he has already established himself in Concepción, Zagreb and Santiago on two occasions, together with the recent Buenos Aires contest.