In the next round, the 24-year-old from La Plata will face the winner of the match that will be cheered on today by his compatriot Diego Schwartzman (116), champion in Buenos Aires in the 2021 edition, and the Colombian Daniel Elahí Galán (80), who emerged from the classification.
The man from La Plata started the match hitting with a lot of power from both sides, with some errors because the wind moved the ball and that diminished his precision, but with the aggressive attitude that characterizes him and is already a hallmark of his tennis.
Etcheverry, With the tactic of serving hard and open and then punishing with his cross forehand, he took a 2-0 lead with a break of serve.
However, the Spaniard born in Tenerife 30 years ago began to take the match at his own pace, with many rallies and long points, thus they tied 2-2 and then each man held his serve until Etcheverry achieved a break to take the set by 6-4, after 63 minutes of play.
The Argentine started the second set with an advantage and quickly went 3/0 with a break at 2/0. That allowed him to release his arm and hit comfortably with his forehand, against an opponent who couldn’t find a way to stop him.
Etcheverry He built his victory with another break of service that allowed him to go ahead 5-1, with total control of the stage and closed it in the next game, and then celebrated with his arms raised a very good victory that allowed him to settle in the round of 16. final.
“With Carballes there are always battles, this was one more. Playing here in front of my people gives me a lot of energy, they helped me a lot and the encouragement helped me get extra energy, I always say that the best week on the circuit is the one I play in home,” said the man from La Plata, moments after his victory.
“Hopefully I can continue playing at this level and have a great week here, I am prepared for what is coming,” stressed Etcheverry, who is waiting for “Peque” or the Colombian Galán.
Previously, Facundo Díaz Acosta won his first match in the Argentina Open by defeating German Daniel Alrmaier 6-4 and 7-6 (1) and also advanced to the round of 16.
This victory will lead him to face his compatriot in the second round Francisco Cerúndolo, who entered directly in that instance.
Diaz Acosta, originally from Vicente López, he had reached the round of 16 in Buenos Aires last year.
Likewise, his confrontation with Cerúndolo guarantees the presence of at least one Argentine tennis player in the quarterfinals of the tournament.
“The weather was not the best. We entered the field without hitting it, it was a little strange. It was a bit difficult for me at first, playing at home is nice, but it makes you a little nervous. Cerúndolo is in a good moment, we know each other a lot and we get along well. We are both going to try to do our best and win,” he expressed. Diaz Acosta after the game.
On the other hand, in the first match of the night, the Argentine Pedro Cachín could not overcome the Swiss Stan Wawrinka, falling 7-6, 6-1 and 6-2.
Despite taking the first set in a tight tie break, Cachín could not maintain his level and Wawrinka, a three-time Grand Slam winner, managed to reverse the result.
The Swiss will face the Chilean Nicolás Jarry in the next round.
“It’s fantastic to be in Argentina again, I wanted to come here before finishing my career, I missed this crowd. I thank the people who came to see me and I hope to see them again in my next match,” Wawrinka commented after his victory.
In another match of the opening day, the Serbian Lasio Djere defeated the Croatian Marin Cilic 4-6, 6-3 and 6-0.
In doubles, Yannick Hanfmann (Germany) and Juan Pablo Varillas (Peru) beat Daniel Elahí Galán (Colombia) and Bernabé Zapata Miralles (Spain) 6-2, 4-6 and 10-3; Marcelo Melo (Brazil) and Matwe Middelkoop (Netherlands) beat Sebastián Ofner (Austria) and Andrea Pellegrino (Italy) 6-0 and 6-3. and Simone Bolelli (Italy) and Andrea Vavassori (Italy) beat Tomás Barrios Vera (Chile) and Alejandro Tabilo (Chile) by 6-4 and 7-6 (10-8).
Matches for today
The programming will begin today, from 1:30 p.m., in the Court Guillermo Vilas, with the match between the Austrian Sebastián Ofner against the Argentine Federeico Coria. Next, Diego Schwartzman will face the Colombian Daniel Elahi Galan.
At 6:30 p.m. the Frenchman Arthur Fils and the Serbian Dusan Lajovic will play and at 8:00 p.m. the Argentine Sebastián Baez with the Spanish Bernabe Zapata Miralles.
In stadium 2, from 1:30 p.m., the German Yannick Hanfmann will face the Chilean Alejandro Tabilo; Next they will the Peruvian Juan Pablo Varillas with the Argentine Camilo Ugo Carabelli.
From 5:30 p.m., the Italian Luciano Darderi will face the Argentine Mariano Navrone and later two other Argentines will play: Facjando Bagnis against the Spanish Roberto Carballes Baena and Federico Delfonis against the Iberian Jaume Munar.
He Argentina Open, which is played on a clay surface and will distribute prizes of $728,185, has the Spanish Carlos Alcaraz (2) as the top favorite for the title, who is also the current champion.
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