The Argentina Open started with the victory of Pedro Cachín and the defeat of Guido Pella: when will Schwartzman and Alcaraz debut?

Pedro Cachín wins the first round of the Argentina Open (Télam)
Pedro Cachín wins in the first round of the Argentina Open (Télam)

This Monday started the first round of the tennis open Argentina Openone of the most important tennis tournaments in the region and with figures of the stature of the Spanish Carlos Alcaraz (current number 2 in the ATP ranking) and local credit Diego Schwartzman (32°), among other figures. The action takes place in the cathedral of this sport in our country, the Buenos Aires Lawn Tennis Club (BALTC) and at the start there were Argentine victories. First the Cordovan Pedro Cachín (68th) prevailed over the Brazilian Thiago Monteiro (78°) and at the close of the day, Guido Pella (723rd) lost to the Spanish James Munar (67°).

Cachín won by 7-6 (2) y 6-4 after an hour and 54 minutes of play, on the central court. He got his first win of the year and pulled himself together after eight straight losses including that of the first round at the Córdoba Open. Now the Cordovan will play his next match against the third seed, the Italian Lorenzo Musetti (20th), who entered directly into the round of 16 draw like Alcaraz, the British Cameron Norrie (12) and Little Schwartzman.

The Cordovan, who only this year will fully play the major circuit of the ATP after having performed in Challengers tournaments (he won four last year and that allowed him to climb almost 200 positions), showed a much improved version, especially with his service , that blow was key to winning for the first time in Buenos Aires.

In the first set, the man from Bell Ville took a 3-1 lead with a break but immediately gave up his serve and then the Brazilian kept his, thus tied 3-3. He relied on his first serve, very powerful and angled, that allowed him to have control of his points and the definition of the set stretched to the tie break. There he was firm with his serve and hit a couple of good returns that allowed him to take a 5-1 lead and then close 7-2.

With his spirits through the roof, Cachín went out to play the second set with determination and the tactic of throwing deep and heavy balls to control the Brazilian, especially his forehands. The match was even until the man from Córdoba adjusted his return and broke at nil to go ahead 5-4, then served perfectly again to close 6-4 and celebrate it with a closed fist, it was his first success in year. “My next rival will be Musetti and I put all the pressure on him, he is the favorite and he will have to beat me. This afternoon I am leaving the pitch with very good feelings,” Cachín anticipated after his victory.

Guido Pella lost to Jaume Munar (Télam)
Guido Pella lost to Jaume Munar (Télam)

In the last match of the day, Pella had a tough opponent in the Mallorcan Munar. It was a difficult match for Guido who lost the first set (6-4). In the second set, the Bahian tried to fight at the end and managed to come back, but when it came to defining the match, the Iberian was more and took another set 7-5. “In 2019 he had a very similar match with Guido. It is very important to fight this battle and win after a few difficult months due to injuries”, said Munar after the match that lasted more than two hours.

The opening day of the 23rd edition of the Argentina Open began with a duel between Spanish tennis players typical of brick dust from which the rival emerged for Schwartzman, who will debut in the round of 16. Peque’s rival will be Spanish Bernabe Zapata (74), who beat his compatriot Pedro Martinez (73) 6-1, 3-6 and 6-4 after two and a half hours of play in the match that opened the tournament that takes place on the stage located in the Buenos Aires neighborhood of Palermo and will distribute prizes for $711,600.

the little onechampion in 2021 and runner-up in 2022, ceded the number one in Argentine tennis this week to the hands of Francisco Cerundololocated in box 30. Before its premiere in the single, Schwartzman started in the doubles duel with his friend the Austrian Dominic Thiem (99th) fell in straight sets to Facundo Bagnis y Sebastian Baez by 7-5 and 6-4 after one hour and 22 minutes.

In the case of Báez, he showed up to play a couple of hours after arriving from Córdoba, where yesterday he won the second title of his career after beating Federico Coria 6-1, 3-6 in the Cordovan ATP final and 6-3.

Alcaraz, maximum of the contest, will play this Wednesday in the round of 16 against the Serbian Laszlo Djere (57th), who defeated the Italian Fabio Fognini (66 °) by 6-4 and 6-4.

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The Argentina Open, which already has two Argentines in the round of 16, the aforementioned Cachín and Schwartzman, will continue this Tuesday with the presentation of six other national rackets: Báez, Francisco Cerúndolo, Federico Coria, Tomás Martín Etcheverry, Camilo Ugo Carabelli and Facundo Díaz Acosta will be the ones who will try to overcome the initial round.

With information from Telam

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