Baez Triumphs At Santiago Challenger Again

Sebasitan Baez (photo: Dove Men & Care Legion Sudamericana Santiago)

SANTIAGO/STARNBERG, October 18, 2021

Sebastian Baez of Argentine is the champion of the Dove Men & Care Legión Sudamericana Challenger Santiago hosted by the Club Deportivo Palestino in Chile.

The No. 5 seed of the $52,080 clay-court tournament, who beat Peruvian qualifier Nicolas Alvarez, his compatriots Juan Pablo Ficovich and top seed Juan Manuel Cerundolo as well as local favourite Tomas Barrios Veran en route to the title match, rallied from a set down to outlast Brazilian Felipe Meligeni Rodrigues Alves 3-6, 7-6(6), 6-1 in Sunday’s singles final. World No. 140 Baez converted three of his six break-point chances and won 52 per cent of the total point played to seal victory in two hours and 16 minutes.

By lifting his third Challenger trophy on Chilean soil (Concepcion in February and Santiago in March) and overall fourth of the season, Baez earned $7,200 in prize money as well as 80 ATP Ranking points. He has cracked the Top 125 for the first time in his career.

At the age of 20, the Buenos Aires native is the second-youngest Argentine to win four titles in a season. Only an 18-year-old Guillermo Coria was younger in 2000.