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Rio de Janeiro: Báez had a solid debut, and Schwartzman another worrisome loss

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The “Little” Schwartzman, ranked 38th in the ATP world ranking, lost on the Guga Kuerten center court against the Serbian Lajovic (80), after 1 hour and 29 minutes of play and exacerbated his bad moment, since he is coming of losing in their presentations at the Córdoba Open and the Argentina Open.

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For his part, the Buenos Aires Sebastian Baez (35), this year’s Córdoba Open champion, left no doubts in his duel against the Brazilian Thomaz Bellucci (915), whom he dispatched with a conclusive 6-3, 6-2, in just 95 minutes of fighting.

The native of San Martín, trained by Sebastián Gutiérrez, will be measured in the next instance with the Peruvian Juan Pablo Varillas (81), the surprise of the Argentina Open who agreed to the semifinals last week, who beat Frenchman Hugo Gaston last Tuesday (106), by 7-5 and 6-4.


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while the platense Tomas Martin Etcheverry (75), completed his unfinished match due to rain with the Spanish Albert Ramos Viñolas (47) and lost 5-7, 6-4 and 6-4, after 3 hours and 25 minutes of play.

The match had been suspended on Tuesday when the Argentine was winning 7-5, 3-4 and 15-0 at service when a storm of rain and wind broke out that led to the suspension of the day, including the games that Schwartzman and Baez.

The only Argentine tennis player who won the day before in the initial round was Francisco Cerúndolo (33), who beat the Spanish Roberto Carballes Baena (73) 4-6, 6-3 and 6-3.

His next rival in the round of 16 will be another Spanish tennis player: Bernabé Zapata Miralles (63), who beat his compatriot Jaume Munar (66), 6-3, 7-5.


The top favorite for the title and current champion, the Spanish Carlos Alcaraz (2), successfully completed the match that he had suspended by storm last Tuesday with the local Mateus Alves (556), which he finally defeated 6-4, 6-4

The ATP 500 in Rio de Janeiro will distribute prizes of $2,178,580 and is part of the tour on brick dust in South America, which began with the Córdoba Open and the Argentina Open, and will conclude next week with the ATP 250 in Santiago , Chili.

Source: Ambito

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