The table seems to be open for Diego Schwartzman, number 1 seed, who is aiming for a first ATP title in Argentina on his home turf. He will face in the quarterfinals the Spaniard Jaume Munar, 106th player in the world. Less than 24 hours after his victory against Lukas Klein, the world's 9th player will have to confirm against a player much lower ranked than him but nevertheless of a higher level than the Slovak against whom Schwartzman nevertheless struggled especially during the first set. Klein even had more break balls than Schwartzman (8 against 5) but he couldn't defend them with 5 breaks on 5 occasions. The Argentinean does not seem to be at his best level since the beginning of the season. He will have to be wary of Jaume Munar, who went through the qualifiers, falling to the wild-card Facundo Diaz Acosta (397th) in two hanging sets, before delivering a solid performance to take out Frances Tiafoe (7-6, 6-4). He dominated the American in almost all areas of the game, especially on serve, the supposed strong point of the American (83% of first balls against 60 for Tiafoe, 69% of points won behind his first against 56%, only 5 break points conceded against 11, 2 breaks conceded against 3, ...). However, the Spaniard will not be the favorite because of his record of only one victory in 8 games against the world's top 10. One year ago in Cordoba, Diego Schwartzman had beaten Munar quite easily (6-1, 7-5) by complicating his life in the second set when he led 6-1, 3-0 double break. Given Schwartzman's record in Argentina, and Munar's undeniable qualities on land (47% wins including Leo Mayer, Zverev, Fognini, Delbonis, Cecchinato, Ferrer, Sousa ...), mistrust is the order of the day with such a low rating for the Argentine.
Laslo Djere vs Miomir Kecmanovic
Laslo Djere, the logical favorite against Miomir Kecmanovic? The two Serbs will compete for a place in the semi-finals of this tournament in Buenos Aires. On one side, the young Miomir Kecmanovic, 21 years old, 42nd player in the world, rather specialist of fast surfaces but who doesn't seem to have any big weak point on clay. He has already played a quarter-final on this surface, in Kitzbuhel in 2020. He even won this tournament, beating the German Hanfmann in the final. Hanfmann who had beaten another Serb in the semi-final of this tournament in Kitzbuhel, Kecmanovic's opponent in this analysis, Laslo Djere, the 60th player in the world, 25 years old, and who has already played 12 quarter-finals on the ATP circuit, including 10 victories at this stage of the competition on this surface. Seeded number 7, Djere has already had to play two matches in this tournament despite his seeded status. He first defeated Italian Marco Cecchinato 6-7/4 6-2 6-3 in 2h17, then Argentina's Delbonis 7-6/1 6-3 in 2h01. As for his opponent, he only played one match, against Thiago Monteiro, whom he won 5-7 6-3 6-4 in 2h15 of play. Advantage therefore to Kecmanovic on the fresh side. But not only, advantage to Kecmanovic also in terms of face to face: the two players have already played against each other twice, each time won by the 42nd player in the world, but both matches were on hard surface. Laslo Djere being clearly more of a clay court specialist than Miomir Kecmanovic, it is the latter who is an outsider for the bookmakers, who believe in a more reassuring Djere in his 1/8th final. The winner of this match will face the winner of the match opposing Schwartzman or Klein to Munar or Tiafoe.
Pablo Andujar vs Francisco Cerundolo
Francisco Cerundolo, 22 years old and ranked 137th in the world, faces the Spanish veteran (57th) for a place in the semi-finals. They are two specialists in ochre, experience facing the ardor of youth. To start this South American tour, Cerundolo received an invitation to the tournament in Cordoba, unfortunately he had to lose in the first round against the Italian Mager seeing his younger brother win the first tournament of his career. The Argentinian put on the overalls again this week in the qualifiers, motivated as never before, showing great things in pure Argentine grinta style. Very mobile, he makes very few mistakes and often pushes his opponent to the fault, however he has a power deficit and abuses the shocks often played in bad timing. This is the recovery tournament for Andujar but at home we can say that the slides and the typical clay court game is not a given but something innate. From the very first matches, he finds the good sensations that make him a formidable player for any opponent. Not spared from the draw and opposed from the first round to the local and other Londero specialist, he knew how to put the ingredients to impose himself without too many difficulties in two dry sets. Facing Mager in the previous round, he had to work hard, often hampered by the Italian's first ball, he remained focused to seize opportunities when necessary. It may come as a surprise that Andujar is a favorite, but bookmakers consider that Andujar has the weapons to provoke the Argentinean's fouls. Statistically, the Spaniard wins in 70% of the matches against players above 100th place on clay. But does Cerundolo's ranking reflect his true level? If neither of them manages to dominate his opponent, the match could therefore switch to the side that better manages the turning points. Motivation will obviously be increased tenfold at Cerundolo, who is starting his career on the ATP circuit and dreams of imitating his little brother. To win against Andujar, he will have to control his emotions, be patient and ultra efficient on break opportunities.
⭐️⭐️⭐️ --- ⭐️⭐️ Victoire Djere ⭐️ Cerundolo Victory / More than 20 games in the Andujar vs Cerundolo match
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