The “Golden Swing” is popping into the “Cerundolo Swing”.
One week in the past, Juan Manuel Cerundolo made a dream run to the Cordoba Open title. On Friday in Buenos Aires, his older brother, Francisco Cerundolo, superior to his first ATP Tour semi-final. The qualifier rallied previous sixth seed Pablo Andujar 1-6, 6-3, 6-2 to succeed in the final 4 on the Argentina Open.
“I believe it’s been two wonderful weeks for me, for my brother, for my household, for Argentine tennis gamers and followers. I believe what my brother did final week was unreal,” Cerundolo advised ATPTour.com. “It impressed me and plenty of different gamers which are coming from decrease rankings that we now have the extent to play these kind of matches.”
Together with qualifying, this was Cerundolo’s sixth win of the week. The World No. 137 has upset third seed Benoit Paire and now four-time ATP Tour titlist Andujar in the principle draw. However the 22-year-old nearly didn’t make it into the principle draw in any respect. He wanted three units in two of his three qualifying matches.
“I’m actually glad that I handed the qualies right here as a result of it’s at all times robust to cross the qualies,” Cerundolo stated. “Now I’m within the semi-finals.”
Cerundolo started final week’s Cordoba Open with out an ATP Tour win, similar to his brother, Juan Manuel, who lifted the trophy. However Francisco’s efficiency through the stretch has been much less shocking. He gained 17 of his ultimate 19 ATP Challenger Tour matches in 2020, claiming titles in Break up, Guayaquil and Campinas.
It’s becoming that his breakout on the large stage has come at dwelling in Buenos Aires. Cerundolo will attempt to preserve it occurring Saturday towards fifth seed Albert Ramos-Vinolas.
“That is my favorite event by far, so it’s a blast to have my household and my pals right here as a result of we solely play two or three weeks right here in Argentina. Having them right here, it’s wonderful,” Cerundolo stated. “It at all times evokes me and motivates me, so I’m actually glad that I may give them some wins and make them glad. I wish to proceed tomorrow and play my finest.”
Earlier within the day, Ramos-Vinolas outlasted first-time ATP Tour quarter-finalist Sumit Nagal 4-6, 6-2, 7-5. The Spanish veteran broke serve 4 occasions from 5 alternatives to advance after two hours and 26 minutes. Ramos-Vinolas reached the Cordoba ultimate final week.
(The motion from the ATP 250 – Argentina Open – Buenos Aires – Day 6 shall be LIVE on EUROSPORT and EUROSPORT HD from 20:30 Hrs (08:30 pm IST) onwards on Saturday, sixth March 2021)