Stodder Starts 2024 Season With Win In Buenos Aires

Timo Stodder (photo: Challenger AAT de TCA 1)


Timo Stodder enjoyed a good start into the 2024 season by reaching the second round of the Challenger AAT de TCA 1 being held this week at the Tenis Club Argentino in Buenos Aires. The 27-year-old German ousted No. 7 seed Nikolas Sanchez Izquierdo from Spain 6-2, 7-6(5) on Tuesday.

Stodder, who clinched his seventh ITF World Tennis Tour career crown on home soil in Marburg last year, capitalized five of his eight break-point opportunities to prevail after one hour and 51 minutes. The World No. 327 will next take on Kazakh qualifier Dmitry Popko, a 5-7, 6-4, 6-1 winner over Brazilian alternate Orlando Luz.

Two of the tournament’s top three seeds fell in the opening round. Joao Lucas Reis da Silva of Brazil knocked out second favourite Edoardo Lavagno of Italy 4-6, 6-3, 7-6(4) in two hours and 26 minutes and will next challenge Italian Gianluca Mager. Qualifier Matias Franco Descotte upset No. 3 seed Juan Pablo Ficovich 6-4, 3-6, 6-1 in an all-Argentine affair, which lasted two hours and 12 minutes. Descotte will play Max Houkes from the Netherlands in the second round of the $41,000 ATP Challenger Tour clay-court event.


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First Round – Singles
J. Reis Da Silva (BRA) d [2] E. Lavagno (ITA) 46 63 76(4)
[Q] M. Descotte (ARG) d [3] J. Ficovich (ARG) 64 36 61
[4] T. Boyer (USA) d [Alt] J. Torres (ARG) 36 62 61
[5] R. Olivo (ARG) d [WC] L. Ambrogi (ARG) 63 62
T. Stodder (GER) d [7] N. Sanchez Izquierdo (ESP) 62 76(5)
[8] O. Krutykh (UKR) d [Q] G. Villanueva (ARG) 46 75 76(2)
H. Casanova (ARG) d A. Weis (ITA) 62 76(1)
[Q] D. Popko (KAZ) d [Alt] O. Luz (BRA) 57 64 61
[Q] G. Bueno (PER) d [WC] A. Barrena (ARG) 64 57 63
M. Houkes (NED) d [WC] L. Midon (ARG) 76(6) 61
[Q] M. Alves (BRA) d [Q] V. Aboian (ARG) 61 62
P. Sakamoto (BRA) d [Alt] C. Taberner (ESP) 64 76(0