You have to go back to the summer of 2019 to see the Spaniard in the quarterfinals again. Since then, Roberto Carballes Baena has performed better in Challenger (a final and a semi-final) but without being transcendent either. The 97th in the world is very irregular, capable of beating Shapovalov at Roland Garros as well as losing to Petrovic and three times to Thiago Monteiro. This match against Juan Manuel Cerundolo is very open and will appeal to clay court fans. We should have a lot of exchanges and a hard fight. The young Argentine will be one to watch in 2021, having just made his mark at the beginning of the year with a title in Cordoba in his first ATP tournament. Very comfortable on clay, he is a very dynamic player who holds the ball well with powerful backhand and forehand shots. He can still improve on his serve, but in his game he has shown impressive court coverage. He beat Seyboth, Kecmanovic, Coria, Monteiro and Ramos. With his head on his shoulders and a strong mind, he needed a break last week and his elimination in the first round of Bueno Aires against Delbonis is logical. For his first round here in the Chilean heights, he easily beat the local wildcard Gonzalo Lama. Carballes hasn't shown anything reassuring in his game this early in the season, although there was some improvement against Caruso. He will have to raise his level of play in this second round against a Cerundolo who has this incredible capacity of acceleration with found angles which can overflow the Spaniard. If he wants to be in this match, Carballes will have to be clean on his groundstrokes and very offensive on Cerundolo's second balls. The Spaniard is a slight favorite but anything can happen in this match. Especially a long and undecided match...
Pablo Andujar vs Daniel Galan
Pablo Andujar logical favorite against the Colombian? A 35-year-old Spaniard faces one of the players who has played the most tournaments since January 1, since this is already his 7th tournament of the year, 5 of which are on clay. His year 2021 is clearly mixed so far, as he has lost his previous 4 tournaments to players lower ranked than him and in theory weaker than him. In the first round, Daniel Galan Riveros needed almost 2h30 of play to beat the German Daniel Altmaier (7-6, 3-6, 7-5). A match far from perfect, despite only two breaks conceded in 16 service games. The Spaniard was disappointed in Buenos Aires when he lost to Francisco Cerundolo, the future finalist of the tournament. However, he beat Londero and Mager. Andujar could be in great danger against a player who reached the third round of Roland Garros and won a Challenger in Lima at the end of November in similar conditions to this tournament in Santiago. The two players have never faced each other. Andujar, who is seeded third in the tournament, has been exempted from the first round and his entry into the tournament has the makings of a perfect trap. The Spaniard has been far from his best for the past few months, although he has performed well in a few challenger tournaments. If Andujar could perform well on fast courts a few years ago at his best (semi-final in Madrid 2013, title in Gstaad 2014, title in Casablanca 2011), is he still physically capable of keeping up and performing in these conditions? This match will give part of the answer but the odds spread seems a bit too high and offers an opportunity on the Colombian hoping for him to finally launch his season here in Santiago.
The opinion of the editors
⭐️⭐️⭐️--- ⭐️⭐️ Over 20 games into the Cerundolo vs. Carballes match ⭐️ Victory Galan
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