Juan Manuel Cerúndolo (#114 in the Ranking) played an impeccable match, beating the first seed of the tournament, diego schwartzman, and in the quarterfinals he will face Hugo Dellien. After a first set that ended 7-6, the youngest of the Cerúndolos got the best out of him to beat «Peque» 6-1 in the second set.
“It was an impressive match. I think I’m at a much higher level than the one that saw me become a champion. In 2021 it was something fantastic because everything went well for me, but I think that now I am much more of a player ”, he declared after the game.
Now he will seek to beat Hugo Dellien, the rival who defeated him in the Challenger in Concepción (Chile) at the end of January. The three days prior to the main draw of the Córdoba Open had had an intense start on center court, with matches lasting more than two hours and 40 minutes (including the match between the Spaniards Bernabé Zapata Miralles and Roberto Carballes Banea, a new record for the Open From Cordoba).
Another story was for Federico Coria (67th), who repeated the solid serve from his previous match and, when leading 6-3, 3-1, benefited from the withdrawal of Italian Marco Cecchinato. “I am having a lot of confidence with the serve and I am holding on to that.
This year I trained to win an ATP and I will give everything to achieve it», he remarked at the subsequent press conference. Regarding the next game against Francisco Cerúndolo, he assessed that «it is difficult to play against another Argentine because I get along with the majority, I have a very good relationship.» Hugo Dellien (138 °) continues with the development of his best campaign in the contest that takes place at the Polo Deportivo Kempes.
After qualifying (he defeated Thiago Seyboth Wild and Nicolás Kicker) and beating Pedro Cachín in the first round, he left another Argentine like Guido Pella on the road.
Schwartzman praises his opponent’s performance
After leaving the Cordoba Open on Thursday, top seed Diego Schwartzman opened up about his father’s hospitalization.
«My father was hospitalized for three weeks and he just came out yesterday. I spent two weeks spending hours in the clinic. They are not excuses, but perhaps I have less patience. I feel more frustrated when I play. My personal situation affects.» He continued: «If they see me train, I’m doing great, and that’s how I feel on a day-to-day basis, but when it comes to competing, I’m not feeling my moments.»