Argentine tennis player Francisco Cerúndolo defeated Spaniard Roberto Carballés Baena 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 after 2h40 minutes of play in the first round of the Río Open. The world number 33 will face either Jaume Munar or Bernabé Zapata Miralles in the second round.
Francisco Cerundolo He left behind a great 2022, where he showed his best tennis, won titles, but in the second half he added several losses. Last season he became the champion Bastad’s ATP 250 and Santa Cruz challenger. In addition, he reached the semi-finals Miami Open and ATP 500 from Rio de Janeiro and Hamburg. Among other results, he reached the quarterfinals Gijon and Concepcion. His 2023 began in the third round Australian Open and the quarterfinals in Cordoba and Buenos Aires.
Roberto Carballés Baena He is one of the biggest fighters on the circuit who has no problem putting on the overalls to give his all in every game. Last season he became the champion Challengers from Tunis and Sevillewhen he played in the final Gran Canaria and Amersfoort. In addition, he reached the semi-finals Madrid and quarterfinals Marrakech, Umag and Florence. His 2023 began in the second round Red ink and the first round in Australian Open and Cordoba, and eighth Buenos Aires.
Cerúndolo comes forward from behind
Francisco Cerúndolo and Roberto Carballés Baena they met in the first round River open.
With a good start, the Spaniard broke away early to go 2-0 and mark the distance in numbers. He then went ahead 15-40 to continue and command. For his part, the Argentinian went one late, found good hands and moves, but couldn’t recover. Carballés escaped from critical moments and passed 6-4 and 1h.
Attacking and taking the initiative, the Spaniard broke again and went 2-1. But there an important change took place in the party. The Argentine changed his strategy, decided to shorten the points, play angled balls and gradually took away his rival. Cerúndolo managed to level with two consecutive breaks 6-3 in 46 minutes.
Galloped, loose, encouraged and full of confidence, Francisco, who had a great display, found the break to lead his victory in the deciding set. Despite serving 5-2 and Carballés getting a break, Cerúndolo remained calm and managed to close out the game. 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 after 2h40min of the game.