An exciting final at ATP Córdoba, the tournament that opens the South American tour on brick dust. Two locals face each other for a wonderful moment. Sebastián Báez and Federico Coria, brother of Latin legend Guillermo Coria, are looking to expand their record this afternoon.
Sebastián Báez is excited again
«Seba» had very bad results 17 losses and only 1 win after his defeat in the final in Bastad with compatriot Francisco Cerúndolo. This year 2023 started 3 Australian tour losses where he only won one set against Pedro Martínez. Everything has changed since the tour returned to clay, and what better to do at home, Báez has reached his fourth ATP-level final, all on this surface.
In his debut, he won No. 200 Luciano Darderi even 6-3, 6-4. Then he passed over Chile Tomas Barrios Vera with a little scare up the other sleeve 6-1 / 3-6 / 6-1 to later take revenge on all his countrymen Hugo Dellien who entered the «Hunt for Argentina» mode after winning 4 locals in a row.
Coria is looking for her first ATP title
The youngest of the Corios barely makes it another ATP final. The previous one had been in Bastad 2021, when he lost 6-3, 6-3 to then No. 16 Casper Ruud.
Level Challenger has already won five titles on clay, but he is still aiming to lift the coveted ATP trophy and will be looking for it against Báez. His path has been «quieter» with two of his rivals retiring due to injury: Marco Cecchinato in the second round and Fran Cerundolo in the quarterfinals.
In the semifinals, he took a very creditable victory against the defending champion Albert Ramos Viñolasin two sets 6-4, 7-6 to claim his ninth win over Top 50 competitors on clay and a direct pass to the Córdoba Open final.
H2H and the keys to the final
this is yours the first direct confrontation. A duel that will be tough for both and they will claim this title at any cost to start the season off on the right foot.
Without a doubt, Báez shows the most talent. In his few years on tour, he has already won the ATP title in Estoril against the likes of Frances Tiafoe, apart from two other finals in Santiago and Bastad, all recent since he won them last season.
Coria hasn’t had much luck at these levels, and the fact that two of her rivals have withdrawn makes us doubt that she would have been able to stand here to finish the matches.
At the age of 30, Federico still shows his hunger for victories and last season it was more than clear where he managed to defeat the tennis players of Pablo Carreño Busta, Alejandro Davidovich Fokina, Cristian Garin and Dusan Lajovic; In addition to the «sale» of the face, defeats against Andrei Rublev and Grigor Dimitrov, which he was able to win at least one set.
Báez is the heavy favorite but there is no doubt that Coria will start a civil war for the ATP Córdoba title.