Cerundolo Fights Back, Advances To Quarterfinals At Challenger Buenos Aires

Juan Manuel Cerundolo (photo: Challenger Buenos Aires)


Juan Manuel Cerundolo keeps the hope alive to defend his title at the Challenger de Buenos Aires, an ATP Challenger Tour 100 clay-court event organized by the company Torneos and taking place until October 15 at the Racket Club de Palermo.

An incredible comeback allowed the Argentine to triumph in three sets against Italian Andrea Pellegrino on Wednesday, advancing to the quarterfinals. With the sets tied, Pellegrino managed to lead 4-1 and 40-0. However, Cerundolo’s consistency, his opponent’s errors, and a bit of luck during crucial points contributed to the defending champion’s comeback. The World No. 102  secured the  6-2, 4-6, 6-4 victory in two hours and four minutes.

“There are matches where you do everything right, and others where you need a stroke of luck. I was playing well, but he came back and was on the edge of winning. I thank my friends; they helped me a lot to win the match,” said Cerundolo.

The No. 2 seed will next face Luciano Darderi of Italy, who fought past fifth-seeded Czech Vit Kopriva 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 after two hours and 47 minutes.


First Round – Singles 

(LL) Gastao Elias (POR) def. (4) Marcelo Tomás Barrios Vera (CHI) 4-6, 6-2, 7-5

Franco Agamenone (ITA) def. (6) Alejandro Tabilo (CHI) 6-4, 3-6, 7-5

Second Round – Singles

(2) Juan Manuel Cerúndolo (ARG) def. (SE) Andrea Pellegrino (ITA) 6-2, 4-6, 6-4

(7) Francisco Comesaña (ARG) def. Jozef Kovalik (SVK) 6-7 (3), 6-3, 6-4

Luciano Darderi (ITA) def. (5) Vit Kopriva (CZE) 6-3, 4-6, 6-4

(3) Facundo Díaz Acosta (ARG) def. Renzo Díaz Olivo (ARG) 6-3, 6-4