A positive Monday for Argentine tennis players at Roland Garros

2023-05-29 20:50:32

the second day of Roland Garros had a more than positive balance for the Argentines with four victories and a single defeat in the first round of the tournament.

One of the most resonant was that of Diego Schwartzman because of how the game took place and because of the irregular season he is going through. The little one overcame came back from two sets down before the Spanish Bernabe Zapata Miralleswhom he finally defeated by 1-6, 6-7 (5), 6-2, 6-0 y 6-4 in 3 hours and 37 minutes.

His compatriots also advanced to the stage Thomas Etcheverry, Thiago Tirante and Peter Cachin; while the rosarino Frederick Coria He was eliminated in the debut.

Schwartzman let out a whoop to heaven as he secured his sixth victory in 20 presentations so far this year, which caused him a sharp drop in the ATP ranking.

«I come from many weeks of frustrations, It is a bad moment for me, but this victory is very tasty due to the constant individual struggle to maintain attitude and concentration”, shared the Argentine, number 95 in the ATP ranking.

Schwartzman showed reaction to the comeback from the third round and temperance so as not to collapse in the fifth and final segment when the Spaniard quickly recovered the service break. The game definitely leaned in his favor in the ninth game when he was 5-4 with the serve to win and take the first step towards the goal of -at least- match last year’s round of 16.

El Peque will face in the second round the Portuguese Nuno Borges (80)executioner of the American John Isner in another exhausting match of almost 4 hours: 6-4, 5-7, 7-6 (3), 4-6 and 7-6 (9).

With much less effort, the platense Thomas Etcheverry (49) sealed his pass to the next phase after the withdrawal of his rival Jack Draper (55). The Argentine, who thus achieved his second victory in Grand Slam tournaments, the first in Paris, won 6-4 and 1-0 when the British said enough due to pain in his shoulder and left hand.

Etcheverry will play his next match against the Australian Alex De Minaur (19), who used 2 hours and 45 minutes to beat the Belarusian Ilya Ivashka (73) 6-1, 5-7, 6-1 and 6-3.

For his part, Thiago Tirante (153), absolute rookie in Grand Slam tournaments, he advanced to the second round with a creditable victory over the Dutchmans Botic Of The Sand Scallop (31).

The 22-year-old from La Plata, from the qualy, prevailed 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 y 6-4 after 3 hours and 5 minutes. Now he will face the Chinese Zhizhen Zhang (71), who beat Serbian Dusan Lajovic 6-1, 4-1 and withdrew from the European due to injury.

In turn, the Cordoba Pedro Cachín (64) scored a brilliant victory against the Austrian Dominic Thiem (92)finalist in 2018 and 2019 and former number 3 in the World, who is slowly returning to the circuit after a wrist operation that left him off the courts for more than a year.

Cachín began with a sweeping game and won the first two sets by 6-3 y 6-2 with great authority and prevailed in the third set 6-5 and served for the match, but lost serve, then delivered the tie break 7-1, the boy 7-6 and the Austrian began to dominate the game.

Thiem also won the fourth set 6-4 and it seemed that everything was getting complicated for Cachín, who recovered his level in the fifth round and won 6-2.

Cachín will measure himself in the next phase against the Croatian Borna Coric (16), who today eliminated rosarino Federico Coria (96), by defeating him 7-6 (7-3), 6-7 (5-7), 6-3 and 6-3after 4 hours and 11 minutes of play.

Tomorrow will be the debuts of Francisco Cerundolo (23) vs. Jaume Munar (Spain) (81); Sebastian Baez (42) vs. Gael Monfils (France) (394); Guido Pella (423) vs Quentin Halys (France) (88) and Genaro Olivieri (231) vs. John Mpetshi Perricard (France) (237).

During the opening day on Sunday, Nadia Podoroska (103) -the only Argentine in the women’s draw- passed the phase with victory over the French Jessika Ponchet (123) and the young rookie Facundo Diaz Acosta (137) he was eliminated by Australian Jason Kubler (69) after 5 sets.

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