Next Gen Finals: Báez, semifinalist like four current Top 10


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Next Gen Finals: Báez, semifinalist like four current Top 10

The Argentinian Sebastián Báez is a semifinalist of the Next Gen Finals 2021 in Milan and he joins the list of great tennis players, they also got among the four best of the tournament that brings together the eight best Under 21s of the season and that has been played since 2017. Daniil Medvedev, Andrey Rublev and Stefanos Tsitsipas, among others.

The 20-year-old, who defeated Lorenzo Musetti and Hugo Gaston in the round robin, became the first Latin American to win a match in this tournament and now, of course, places the continent in the semi-finals. As 111 in the world, Báez classifies an instance that has received promises that nowadays animate the circuit and the Grand Slams. Since the first edition, there are four that have already been installed in the Top 10 of the world ranking.

In 2017, the South Korean Hyeon chung he claimed the title at the Junior Masters but, beyond having reached the Australian Open semifinals the following season, he is currently ranked 491st after several injuries. The other three who passed the group area were nothing more and nothing less than the Russians Rublev (5th) and Medvedev (2nd, sole champion Major) together with the croatian Borna Coric (75 °, absent for more than six months due to physical problems).

A year later, in the second edition, the champion was Tsitsipas (4th); the australian Alex De Miñaur (33 °), the Spanish Jaume Munar (89 °) and Rublev, who repeated, were the semifinalists. In 2019 that place was occupied by the Italian Jannik Sinner (10th, home champion), again From Miñaur, the american Frances Tiafoe (41 °) and Miomir Kecmanovic (68 °), to this day David Nalbandian’s ward.

After the cancellation of 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, 2021 brought joy in the Next Gen Finals for Argentina with Báez, who was crowned in five Challengers and completes his season with this magnificent result. In search of the final he will collide with the Spanish jewel Carlos Alcaraz (35 °). On the other side will be the Americans Sebastian Korda (39th, the only one who could beat Sebastián Gutiérrez’s coach) and Brandon Nakashima (63rd). Whatever happens, Báez is already on a list that is taking on more and more strength and courage.


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