The US Open begins, with Alcaraz as the favorite: the first Argentines play

2023-08-28 11:10:55

The Spanish Carlos Alcaraz, current champion, is the great favorite for the edition of the US Open that will begin on Monday in New York, with the Serbian Novak Djokovic as the main threat and the illusion of nine Argentine tennis players who want to go as far as possible in the fourth and last Grand Slam tournament of the year.

The contest will distribute almost 65 million dollars between its male and female teams, will take place at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, located in the New York neighborhood of Queen’s, and the Argentines are headed by Francisco Cerúndolo, seeded 20th.

In addition to the porteño, Tomás Martín Etcheverry, Sebastián Báez, Pedro Cachin, Facundo Díaz Acosta, Juan Manuel Cerúndolo, Diego Schwartzman, Guido Pella and the “Little” Nadia Podoroska will be part of the US Open.

ESPN 2, ESPN 3 and Star + will broadcast the contest.

Argentines on stage at the US Open

The draw for the main draw determined that Francisco Cerúndolo, this year’s champion on the English grass of Eastbourne, faces the American Zachary Svajda (235), emerged from the classification, in the initial round. If he passes it, he will then go against the Czech Jiri Vesely (431) or the Frenchman Enzo Couacaud (182), coming from the “qualy”.

His presentation will be the third and last of this Monday among the Argentines and is scheduled for around 3:00 p.m.

From 12, meanwhile, his brother Juan Manuel and Pedro Cachin from Cordoba will play.

Pedro Cachin comes on stage this Monday for his second time in the main draw of the US Open. (AP)

The man from Bellville (66), champion this year in Gstaad, Switzerland, will meet the American Ben Shelton (46) in the initial round and if he passes, it will be the Kazakh Alexander Bublik (27) or the Austrian Dominic Thiem (82). , champion of the US Open in the 2020 edition, in the last title he won in his career.

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“Juanma” Cerúndolo (100), meanwhile, will play against the Belarusian Ilya Ivashka (99) and in the case of passing him he will go after the American Marcos Girón (63) or the Spanish Alexander Davidovich Fokina (21).

More Argentines at the US Open

The Etcheverry (32) from La Plata will debut against the Finnish Otto Virtanen (134), emerged from the classification, and if he beats him he will then go against the Japanese Yoshihito Nishioka (43) or the Swiss veteran Stan Wawrinka (49), 38 years old.

The Buenos Aires Báez (42), new champion in Winston Salem and in his best season on the circuit with obtaining three titles, the previous ones at the Córdoba Open and in Kitzbuhel, Austria, will debut against the tough Croatian Borna Coric (27), who he beat last Friday in the semifinals of the American ATP 250.

In the case of overcoming it again, the 22-year-old tennis player will play his next match against the Japanese Kei Nishikori (353) or the Brazilian Felipe Meligeni Alves (170), coming from the “qualy”.

The rising left-handed Facundo Díaz Acosta (93) will debut against the local and guest John Isner (158), a former “top ten” who will retire from tennis at the age of 38 after concluding his participation in the US Open.

In the case of advancing to the second round, the 22-year-old tennis player will meet the Russian Karen Khachanov (11) or the American Michael Mmoh (94).

“El Peque” Schwartzman (116), 31 years old and with a history of having reached the quarterfinals twice, in 2017 and 2019, will debut against Frenchman Arthur Rinderknech (73) and if he overcomes it, it will be up to fellow Frenchman Ugo Humbert (31) or the Italian Matteo Berrettini (36).

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Guido Pella (210), from Bahia, 33 years old and with a protected ranking, will face South African Lloyd Harris (178).

Stars at the US Open Tennis

If Pella passes, he will probably find himself in the second round with the Spanish Alcaraz, number one on the planet and US Open champion in 2022, who will debut at the top of the men’s singles bracket against the German Dominik Koepfer (78).

Nadia Podoroska, in the women’s draw

In the women’s field, Nadia Podoroska (71) from Rosario will have Chinese Qinwen Zheng (23) as a rival in the initial round and if she passes, she will then have an experienced rival: the Czech Barbora Strýcova (427), 37 years old and who became 16th in the world in 2017, or the Latvian Kaia Kanepi (135), 38 years old and 15th in the WTA in 2012.

Favorites at the US Open

As for the favourites, Alcaraz from Murcia, defending champion in New York, will find his greatest threat in Djokovic, who returns to the US Open after two years and with the mission of keeping the title that he has already won three times (2011, 2015). and 2018) and snatch the number one in the world.

“Nole” does not defend any point at the US Open, so if he beats Frenchman Alexandre Muller (85) this Monday in the initial round, he will once again be number 1 on the planet, in a season in which he won two Grand Slams, in Australia and Roland Garros, and lost the other’s final at Wimbledon, against Alcaraz.

The star from Belgrade, absolute owner of the Grand Slam title record with 23 trophies, lands in the Big Apple with a sky-high mood after beating Alcaraz in the final of the Cincinnati Masters 1000, and with number one within reach from his hands.

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In the ladies’ draw, the Polish Iga Swiatek (1) will begin the defense of her title against the Swedish Rebecca Peterson (92), while her escort in the WTA world ranking, the Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka (2), will play in the initial round against the Belgian Maryna Zanevska (113).

Argentines in the US Open doubles draw

In the doubles draw that has not yet been drawn, there will be a strong Argentine presence with Horacio Zeballos from Mar del Plata together with the Catalan Marcel Granollers, and one of the current duos, made up of Máximo “Machi” González from Tandil and Andrés Molteni from Buenos Aires.

Gonzalez Molteni Cincinnati

Zeballos (16th in the world in doubles) and Granollers (18) were finalists this year at Wimbledon, while “Machi” (12) and “Molto” (7) won five titles, the most important being the Cincinnati Masters 1000.

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