Carlos Alcaraz will face Sebastián Báez for a place in the grand final of the Next Gen Finals. But this will not be the first time that the native of El Palmar, Murcia, faces an albiceleste tennis player.
His first match against an Argentine took place at the M15 in Palmanova, Spain, against Francisco Cerúndolo in 2019. Both the European and the South American still had no ranking and the victory in the semifinals of that contest went to the Buenos Aires, who beat it 6-2 and 6-4.
In February 2020, at the ATP 500 in Rio de Janeiro, he played in the second round of this tournament against Federico Coria116th in the world at the time. But Alcaraz, who was Top 400 at the time, could not beat him either and fell 6-4, 4-6 and 6-4.
His first win against an Argentine came at the Trieste Challenger in August 2020. There he played against Tomás Etcheverry in the quarterfinals and won by 7-6 (2) and 6-3 for a few days later, lifting the title. LThen he would chain another four consecutive victories: Facundo Bagnis (Cordenons Challenger), Juan Pablo Ficovich (Cordenons Challenger), Andrea Collarini (Challenger of Barcelona) and Ficovich again (Challenger of Alicante).
Their last three meetings date from 2021. Ante Marco Trungelliti For the second round of the Challenger of Gran Canarias III he lost 7-6 (5) and 6-3, then against Facundo Bagnis in the final of Oeiras III took a victory by 6-4 and 6-4 and finally against Juan Manuel Cerúndolo for the group stage of the Next Gen Finals. In this way, Alcaraz’s record against the Albiceleste tennis players is seven victories and three defeats.