The only Latin American in the ATP 250 in Saint Petersburg could not honor such presence and said goodbye at the premiere. ANDs Federico Delbonis (41st in the world ranking) who, against Pablo Andújar (92nd), lost 6-2 and 7-6 (1) and accumulated his ninth consecutive defeat!
The great first half of the year (semis in Hamburg, in Belgrade II and Santiago plus Quarters in Rome, for example) does not match with a bleeding that began in the second round of Gstaad (back in July) against Hugo Gaston and after having won the first set 6-0!
Then bad results were chained in the premieres of Kitzbuhel (vs. Arthur Rinderknech), Cincinnati (vs. Jannik Sinner), Winston-Salem (with Marcos Giron), the US Open (with Denis Shapovalov), San Diego (vs. Aslan Karatsev) ), Indian Wells (against Yoshihito Nishioka), Antwerp (again with Rinderknech) and this week.
It was an hour and 40 minutes of play of a match where the Spanish player was superior to the Argentine throughout the match, although some errors in the final stretch of the second set made Delbo get back into the game. Curious 23-23 record so far this year.
The winner of the duel will then have a tough match against Denis Shapovalov (15th), the second candidate to win the trophy.