The Argentinian Sebastián Baéz (99th), one of the most outstanding tennis players at the Challenger level in 2021, said goodbye in the first round of Melbourne’s ATP 250 after being defeated by the Finn Emil Ruusuvuori (95th) by 7-6 (2) and 6-1.
The young man from Billinghurst, a semifinalist in the Next Gen Finals in November (he fell to Carlos Alcaraz), played a first set as equals against the young European, who already has more filming in these types of events.
However, after battling for an hour, the tie-breaker It remained in the power of Ruusuvuori, who did not miss the mental jerk and broke the Argentine’s service just after the second set. Since then, despite several exchanges of great parity, the outcome of the party took a clear course.
It should be remembered that Báez entered the main draw of the contest as a lucky loser (lucky loser) after the loss of Belarusian Ilya Ivashka. In the qualifying stage, the 20-year-old defeated the Australian Marc polmans and fell in the defining round against the Italian Andreas Seppi.
It should be noted that, despite the elimination, the Argentine (in a pair with Tomás Etcheverry from La Plata), also had the opportunity to face in the doubles modality nothing less than the legendary Spanish Rafael Nadal, who returned to the circuit after overcoming the Covid-19.