Brazilian Thiago Monteiro arrived in Buenos Aires having won, a few days earlier, his fifth ATP Challenger trophy at the 2020 Punta Open in Uruguay defeating Marco Cecchinato.The Brazilian will face fourth seed Borna Coric at the Guillermo Villas court tonight for a spot in the quarter-finals.
The 25-year-old continued his winning streak by securing a 6-3, 6-3 win after one hour and 41 minutes, beating Spaniard Jaume Munar, advancing to the second round of the ATP 250 tournament in Buenos Aires.
Sports Pundit could confirm with the Brazilian management team that he will play in home soil next week at the Rio Open.
“I played a good and solid game today. I took the court knowing that I would have to be patient, he attacks and defends well.
Now, I have to prepare myself mentally for the next game, believing that to win is possible,” said Monteiro.
On Monday, the No. 1 Brazilian racquet also made an appearance in doubles pairing Fernando Romboli.
The Brazilian duo defeated Argentinian Facundo Diaz Acosta and Spaniard Carlos Taberner 6-3, 3-6, 10-5.
Borna Coric is making his debut in the tournament and will play Monteiro for the first time in his career.
The 23-year-old has lifted two ATP titles since he turned pro in 2013.
In 2017 he won the Grand Prix Hassan II in Marrakech, an ATP 250 tournament, also played on clay.
In 2018 Coric was crowned champion of the NOVENTI OPEN beating Roger Federer 7-6(6), 3-6, 6-2.
The ATP 500 tournament that takes place in Halle, Germany, saw the Croat win his first-ever title on the grass-court.
A year later, Federer would emerge victorious, claiming his 10th title in Halle, edging David Goffin.
FIRST ROUND WINS AND FAREWELLS
The opening day of the Argentina Open saw the eighth seed Casper Ruud defeating Spaniard Pablo Andujar: 6-2, 6-3.
In a previous interview, the 21-year-old told Sports Pundit: “This year Im playing the main draw here for the first time, and its a great opportunity for me coming into this tournament with my career-high ranking of number 46.”
In his second-round match, scheduled for today, Ruud will play Roberto Carballes Baena, who beat 2019 Argentina Open champion, Italian Marco Cecchinato, on Monday.
The four players eliminated from the first round of the tournament are Andujar, Munar, Italian Lorenzo Sonego, and Hugo Dellien.
Fourth seed Dusan Lajovic plays the second-day session match against Pedro Martinez Portero, who comes from defeating Portuguese player Joao Domingues in two sets 7(7)-6, 7-5.
After Dominic Thiem’s withdrawal due to fatigue and Matteo Berrettini due to an injury, yesterday it was the time for the 2020 Cordoba Open champion to say goodbye to the tournament.
World No. 26 Christian Garin had to withdraw before the match scheduled against Wild Card Facundo Diaz Acosta due to an injury in his right leg.
Lucky Loser Pedro Sousa replaces Garin. The Portuguese player will take on Andrej Martin today in the first match at 2.30 PM (local time).
Spaniard Fernando Verdasco also withdrew from the tournament yesterday, due to an illness.
He was scheduled to play countryman Pedro Martinez Portero. Lucky Loser Joao Domingues replaces Verdasco.
THURSDAY - THE HOME FAVORITES TAKE THE COURT
The top seed, Diego Schwartzman, is scheduled to play his first-round match on Thursday against fellow countryman Federico Delbonis.
The second Argentinian clash of the day will feature the second seed Guido Pella, who will face, Facundo Bagnis.
Bagnis moved past Slovak Andrej Martin in two sets 6-4, 6-1 on Tuesday.
The winner of the Argentina Open will get 250 points for his ATP World Tour Ranking and US$ 102.535.