Buse Leads Semi-Finals Line-Up At ITF M25 Vic

Ignacio Buse (photo: Florian Heer)

VIC, May 17, 2024

Ignacio Buse of Peru leads the semi-finals line-up at the ITF M25 Vic. The No. 6 seed of the ITF World Tennis Tour clay-court tournament being held at the Club Tennis Vic, Spain defeated 17-year-old local wild card entry Rafael Jodar, who appeared in his first quarterfinal on the Pro Circuit, 6-1, 6-3 on Friday.

The 20-year-old from Lima won 74 per cent of his first-service points and broke his rival five times to advance in one hour and 22 minutes.


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“I managed to maintain the intensity in the whole match,” Buse told Tennis TourTalk afterwards. “He is a young player with a very good level of tennis. He can be very dangerous on the Pro Circuit. I stayed focused and it worked out. I am very happy.

“The consistency on the Pro Circuit is more important than in Juniors. The transition is pretty hard but I am doing better each year. I am very comfortable with my game right now. 

Buse came to Europe in December last year and is now based at TEC Carles Ferrer Salat Academy in Barcelona. “I am really happy there. There are a lot of players from all around the world. My coaches and the team give me a big opportunity. Last year I traveled a lot alone but now I am fortunate to have them with me,” said Buse, who already clinched two titles on the ITF World Tennis Tour last year. He claimed his maiden singles crown on Argentine clay at M25 Mendoza without dropping a set in the first week of October followed by a triumph at the M25 Zapopan in Mexico. Buse also represented his country in the Davis Cup.

“It was a great experience. Playing for Peru is my main purpose,” said the former Junior World No. 9, who competed in all four Junior Grand Slam tournaments. “My favourite one is Wimbledon, as I love to play on grass. If I have to chose, I would like to win either Wimbledon or Roland Garros. I don’t have a usual game for a South American. I like to stay close to the baseline but I still have to work hard, as I want to be in the qualifying of the Australian Open.”

Buse, nephew of world-renowned chef Gaston Acurio, also has some cooking skills. “The last thing I cooked? It was a baked salmon with some pasta. Really basic but I love to cook. He is my idol and an example to follow. I am really happy that he is my uncle,” said Buse.

Moeller falls in the stage of the last eight

The World No. 396 will next take on eighth-seeded Spaniard Daniel Merida, who knocked out No. 3 seed Marvin Moeller of Germany 6-4, 7-6(5) in one hour and 51 minutes.

In the top half of the draw, Dutch qualifier Michiel de Krom benefited from the retirement of No. 7 seed Carlos Lopez Montagud of Spain. The 25-year-old was leading 4-6, 7-5, 2-1 when Lopez Montagud was forced to stop playing.

De Krom will next face Spanish qualifier Albert Pedrico Kravtsov, who fought past his compatriot Max Alcala Gurri 7-5, 1-6, 6-4 in two hours and 48 minutes. Pedrico Kravtsov will appear in his first semi-final on the Pro Circuit.