Roland Garros gave the first joys with the help of Sebastián Báez and Francisco Cerúndolo

Roland Garros gave the first joys with the help of Sebastián Báez and Francisco Cerúndolo

On a day marked by the retirement of Rafael Nadal, there were two Argentine victories at Roland Garros and as many defeats, for Pedro Cachín and Julia Riera.


With Rafael Nadal in the center of the scene Roland Garros and with rain that complicated and delayed matches, there were two wins and two defeats on the Parisian clay for the Argentine delegation. Sebastian Baez and Francisco Cerúndolo They fulfilled the nicknames of pre-classified, while Pedro Cachín and Julia Riera They were eliminated.

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After the debut and farewell of Thiago Tirante On Sunday, the Argentine victories came this Monday, in the first round. Sebastian Baez, 20th seed, signed the first albiceleste victory. Although he started his match against the Brazilian Gustavo Heidewho had come from qualifying, with doubts and, after a stoppage due to rain – which had already delayed the start of the day – lost the first set 6-4.

The Buenos Aires native recovered 6-3 and 6-1, until the fourth set, when he took longer than he should in the bathroom and suffered the loss of a point in a key game -the tenth-, because the Brazilian ended up winning 6 -4. In the fifth set, after a second interruption due to rain, the story ended in favor of the Argentine 6-3, after 3h 44m.

Francisco Cerúndolo had a solid debut

In the second wheel, Sebastian Baez will go against the Austrian Sebastian Ofner (45th), in the first duel between the two. It is the second time that the Buenos Aires native reaches the second round at Roland Garros, after 2022. “Winning matches like the one I won today gives you an injection of confidence, it also matters emotionally. In short, in the Grand Slams, it is what predominates the most because if you reach a fifth set sometimes the tennis thing takes a backseat there,” he evaluated. Sebastian Baez.

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The debut was less difficult for Francisco Cerúndolowho effectively beat the German Yannick Hanfmann (85th): won 6-3, 6-3 and 6-4, in 1h 58m. The Buenos Aires man took the reins from the beginning, he held on to his serve (he won 73% of his first serves), he only suffered one break and took his rival’s serve five times. “Happy, it was a good game from start to finish. I played well, as I had done in Madrid or Rome. I served well, I only had one bad game in the first set, and I didn’t have any more problems, that was one of the keys to the match,” he commented on ESPN.

Pedro Cachín and Julia Riera fell at Roland Garros

“My game is characterized by being aggressive, by having control of the point, by always seeking dominance. I have many good days that allow me to win good games and others that are quite bad and lead to defeats that I don’t like. I have tried to improve it, and today was one of the good ones,” he added. Francisco CerúndoloNo. 27 in the ATP ranking, who will face the Austrian second Filip Misolic (243rd), with the mission of at least equaling the round of 16 that they reached in 2023.

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The Cordoban Pedro Cachín He was the one who had it the worst. On paper, the premiere was complex before the American Tommy Paul (14th) and was confirmed with a resounding 6-2, 6-3 and 6-1. At the end of the day, the defeat of Julia Riera closed the Argentine action of the day in Paris. The woman from Pergamin, who had her baptism in a Grand Slam main draw after qualifying, fell 6-2, 6-2 to the experienced Romanian Irina-Camelia Begu33 years old and who at his peak was in the top 40.

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