Cerundolo Crowned Challenger Buenos Aires Champion

Juan Manuel Cerundolo (photo: Challenger Buenos Aires)


Juan Manuel Cerundolo has clinched the title of the Buenos Aires Challenger hosted by the Racket Club. In a singles final between two Buenos Aires natives, the 20-year-old fought past Camilo Ugo Carabelli, No. 4 seed of the $53,120 clay-court event, 6-4, 2-6, 7-5.

Cerundolo capitalized on seven of his 16 break-point opportunities and won 52 per cent of the total points played to seal victory in two hours and 32 minutes.

The World No. 178 lifted his fourth Challenger career trophy in addition to his ATP Tour triumph on home soil in Cordoba last year. It marked his first title of the season.

“This title means a lot to me. At one point I thought I wasn’t going to play anymore this year. I thank my family and friends for their support,” said Cerundolo, who suffered an injury to the right psoas earlier in the season.

The former Top 100 player earned $7,200 in prize money as well as 80 ATP Ranking points. Cerundolo has become the 14th different player from Argentina to win an ATP Challenger Tour tournament this season.