From myocarditis and having the “lost year” to reaching his first Challenger title.
Juan Pablo Ficovich defeated qualifier Luciano Darderi and he won the trophy in San Pablo, a trophy that was played on a surface of brick dust and distributed 52 thousand dollars in prizes.
The Buenosairean was superior for the 6-3 and 7-5 final. It should be remembered that the Argentine came from another triumph: he had been able in the semifinals with the Chilean Nicolás Jarry by 6-2 and 7-6 (5) to get into the final.
Ficovich, located in the 285th position of the world ranking in the preview of the tournament, now gets close to 232 ° and with chances of playing the Australian Open qualy, in a year that seemed like a nightmare to the point of not knowing his own ranking.
Meanwhile, Darderi, a native of Villa Gesell and representing Italy, He reached the decisive day from qualifying, because his rival, local Felipe Rodrigues Meligeni Alves, tested positive for Covid-19 and could not appear.
Argentine tennis players won 20 titles in the Challenger category this year, the winner being Sebastián Báez with six trophies.