Spanish tennis player Fernando Verdasco could not (6-4, 7-6 (4)) this Friday with the Italian Lorenzo Sonego and said goodbye to the ATP tournament in Buenos Aires in the quarterfinals, an outcome with defeat but fought in a week of recovery in the circuit.
The Madrilenian stood up to the third seed, current number 22 in the world, but he missed the encounter in small details. Verdasco knew how to be aggressive and also defend himself from the Italian’s attacks. In the sixth game, the Spaniard saved four ‘break’ ballsbut gave up the set with his serve in the tenth (6-4).
Sonego imposed his rhythm and seemed give the final blow with a 4-0 in the second set, but the man from Madrid reacted with quality and pride. Verdasco, who in the Argentine capital met this week with his first ATP wins since May 2021, sold his skin dearly and forced sudden death. In the ‘tie-break’, however, he sent the Italian, although needed three match ballswho advanced to seminals.
The rain prevented the semi-finals from being completed.
After the classification of the Argentine Federico Delbonis, the Norwegian Casper Ruud and the Italian Lorenzo Sonego, the Argentine Open could not complete its last semifinalist due to the suspension due to rain of the last turn duel between the locals Diego Schwartzman and Francisco Cerúndolo. After intermittently playing Friday on the clay of the Buenos Aires Lawn Tennis Club (BALTC), the rain prevented the end of the Argentine duel which was tied 3-6, 2-6 and 1-1.
Around midnight and in the face of heavy rain, the chair umpire determined the postponement of the duel for this Saturday at 1:00 p.m. (4:00 p.m. GMT). Previously, the local Federico Delbonis (6) had achieved a great victory against the Italian Fabio Fognini (4) by a double 6-4 for the delirium of the more than 3,500 people who packed the center court Guillermo Vilas del BALTC. His rival in the semifinals will be the Norwegian Casper Ruud, eighth in the world and first seeded in the tournament, who had no problem beating fellow Argentine Federico Coria 6-3, 6-4 in one hour and 35 minutes of play.
This Saturday, after completing the match between Schwartzman and Cerúndolo, Both semifinals will be played in search of the decisive match on Sunday that will crown the winner of this contest that takes place in the Argentine capital and that has ‘Peque’ as the last champion.