Alejandro Tabilo Embarrass Diego Schwartzman At Cordoba Open
MDP Live - Chilean qualifier, Alejandro Tabilo appeared persistent and surprisingly succeeded in overthrowing the first seed at the 2022 Cordoba Open season.
The world number 144 did his best to beat the host, Diego Schwartzman, 6-3, 7-6 in the semifinals of the Cordoba Open. With this win, he has now claimed 12 straight sets, including two straight sets wins in the qualifying round.
The Chilean overwhelmed world number 14 Schwartzman throughout a match that lasted nearly 2 hours with a powerful left-handed forehand.
"I've been playing my best game in the last few months and I finished last season pretty well," said Tabilo, who won his first Challenger event in Ecuador in November.
"I think I just need a week like this to put it all together and move on. Hopefully it's the start of something positive and hopefully I can maintain this level."
After taking a 4-0 lead in the first set, the Chilean used a powerful serve to secure three break point opportunities to win the set at 5-3.
First seed Schwartzman won the first two games of the second set but was helpless in the next four after the Chilean took control of the match with a powerful punch.
However, the host tennis player, Schwartzman did not stay silent and forced the tiebreak round. In the tiebreak, both players kept their serve until Schwartzman's backhand return hit the net at 6/6. The match ended when the home player made an unusual error after her return was too wide.
For the Cordoba Open title, Tabilo will duel against sixth seed Albert Ramos Vinolas after the Spaniard beat another host, Juan Ignacio Londero 7-6, 6-4.
In the second semifinal of the Cordoba Open, Ramos Vinolas fired five aces and won 79 percent of the points from his first serve.
"When I arrived here after Australia, I honestly didn't expect to arrive in the final," said Ramos Vinolas.
"I didn't play my best game. The pre-season I've had was tough, but I'm not feeling so good. Now I'm in the final. The only thing I can try is to fight as much as possible.”
Sebastian Baez sinks Cristian Garin in Cordoba
MDP Live - Can this week's host, Sebastian Baez hit the ground running and win the first ATP tournament title of his career at the 2022 Cordoba Open?
The hosts certainly showed determination at the Cordoba Open after he dropped the first set before knocking out third seed Cristian Garin 4-6, 6-1, 6-1, a win that sent him into the quarter-finals.
"I think in the first set I had a lot of chances and I might feel a little bit more nervous than Garin," admitted Baez.
"After that, I tried to stay calm, tried to play better. I think I can do it. For that reason, a positive result for me this time.”
The world number 77 showed his competitive spirit at Milan's Next Gen ATP Finals last season when he reached the semifinals. He put in that form once again at Cancha Central, including breaking Chilean Garin on eight occasions.
"I'm trying to concentrate. I try to focus on every point," said Baez.
In the quarter-finals of the Cordoba Open, Baez will face Chilean qualifier Alejandro Tabilo who beat Spain's Carlos Taberner 6-2, 6-4.
In other action, fourth seed Lorenzo Sonego also qualified for the quarter-finals of the Cordoba Open with a 4-6, 7-6, 6-2 victory over Spain's Roberto Carballes Baena.
"I had to change something in my game, because I felt confident in the second set and I tried to be more aggressive than the first," said Sonego, who won 83 percent of his first serve points.
“Everything is quite good. I won the game and I feel good about it."
Next, world number 23 Sonego will challenge another Spaniard, Albert Ramos Vinolas.
Sixth seed Ramos Vinolas was leading 6-4, 2-3 when his Peruvian opponent Juan Pablo Varillas was forced to withdraw from the second set with an ankle injury.
"I played him in Rio and lost to him," Sonego said of Ramos Vinolas.
"He's a great player with a lot of experience and it's going to be a tough match for sure."
Dominic Thiem's participation in the Cordoba Open in doubt due to this
MDP Live - Austrian tennis player Dominic Thiem was once considered one of the men's tennis players who had high prospects.
The world number 16 gained more attention when she won the first Grand Slam title of her career at the 2020 US Open and it marked a resurgence of young players. In order to win one of the most prestigious titles in the world of tennis, he held out in five sets to beat German Alexander Zverev.
Furthermore, in the same season the 28-year-old occupies the highest ranking of his career to date, world No. 3. He had won several titles before claiming the US Open title.
However, the Austrian is going through a tough time after dealing with a wrist injury, an injury that has kept him out of tennis since June last season.
The 28-year-old tennis player, Thiem has decided to participate in the Cordoba Open, Argentina in the 2022 season after being forced to miss the Australian Open. He really hopes to return with a solid performance after a long struggle with injuries.
Therefore, the runner-up of the Australian Open 2020 season trained on clay as the beginning of preparation for their first tournament in the 2022 season.
However, the 2019 French Open runner-up was only able to train for 5 minutes due to a problem that again attacked his wrist. As a result, his plans to start the 2022 season at the ATP level 250 tournament held in Cordoba are now in doubt.
Austrian Thiem's team later confirmed that his recent injury was unrelated to his previous wrist injury and plans to return to action by playing at the Cordoba Open were still scheduled.
At the Cordoba Open, which will be played on clay and starting on January 31, Thiem will be seeded second behind home favorite Diego Schwartzman hoping to impress the home crowd. Chilean tennis player Cristian Garin will also participate in the hope of winning it again after winning the 2020 season. While defending champion, Juan Manuel Cerundolo is also scheduled to compete and defend his title.