Difficult day for the Argentines in Brazil for the last week in the second ATP circuit. This Tuesday, Nicolás Kicker and Genaro Olivieri They advanced to the last 16 of the Rio de Janeiro Challenger, a tournament that closes the year on fast surface courts and will distribute a total of $ 52,080 in prizes.
In the debuts, they beat Colombian Alejandro González and local Guilherme Clezar, respectively, while compatriot Juan Pablo Ficovich and Matías Descotte were eliminated.
Merlo Nicolás Kicker from Buenos Aires, located in 233rd place in the world ranking, beat Colombian Alejandro González (433rd) by 7-5 and 6-3, after 2 hours and 3 minutes of play, and will be measured in the second round against a Brazilian tennis player: José Pereira (680 °) or Igor Marcondes (331 °), champion last Sunday at the Florianópolis Challenger, who are measured in the last match of the day.
Meanwhile, Genaro Olivieri, born in Bragado and ranked 313 in the rankings, beat Brazilian Guilherme Clezar (431) by 5-7, 6-4 and 6-3, after two hours of play. The Buenosairean will play in the round of 16 against the Japanese Kaichi Uchida (319 °), who on Monday eliminated Argentine Gonzalo Villanueva (437 °) from the tournament by 6-3 and 6-4.
For its part, Juan Pablo Ficovich (236 °) he lost in the first round against Alejandro Gómez (511 °) by 4-6, 6-1 and 6-2, in one hour and 51 minutes of confrontation. Y neither could Matías Descotte (454 °) against the local Mateus Alves (606 °) who won 7-6 (3) and 6-4.
It should be remembered that Argentine tennis players won 20 Challenger-level titles this year, a historical record in the category that is second in importance to the ATPs, with Sebastián Báez being the winner with six trophies.