Cachín’s great blow in Madrid: he beat Tiafoe and reached the round of 16

the cordovan Pedro Cachin confirmed that he is going through an excellent professional moment with a great victory, probably the best of his career: with solvency and efficiency, The Argentine beat American Frances Tiafoe, world number 11, 6-1, 7-6 (7-2), to settle in the round of 16 of the Masters 1000 in Madrid. In the next instance he will have a good chance to continue advancing since will face German veteran Jan Lennard Struffnumber 65 in the world rankings and a former top 30 player at the height of his career.

Cachín, ranked 67th in the world ranking and winner in the previous round of Francisco Cerúndolo, number one in Argentina, got off to a very strong start and steamrolled Tiafoe with two quick breaks to take the first set in just 25 minutes. The American, who had eliminated Tomás Etcheverry in his debut in Madrid, outlined a reaction in the second set, but Cachín controlled the key moments of the match and they resolved the tie break with authority to ensure the victory in one hour and 22 minutes of action. The triumph had a special meaning since For the first time in his career, the South American tennis player reached the round of 16 of a Masters 1000.

“It is a dream come true”said the Argentine, who could reach his best ever position if he beats Struff in his next game on Wednesday. “I’m very happy. I played very well and I was lucky at times”, recognized Cachín, who is facing an important opportunity against the strong German server. “I never played against Struff,” said the man from Cordoba about his next rival, who entered the main draw as a lucky loser after being eliminated in the second round of qualifying against the Russian Aslan Karatsev. Already in the contest, the former 29 in the world won his ticket in the round of 16 with a 6-7, 6-3 and 6-3 victory over the Serbian Dusan Lajovic and took advantage of the premature elimination of the Canadian Felix Auger Aliassime for his side of the box.

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The other Argentine who is still in competition is Sebastián Báez, who will later meet the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas for a place in the round of 16.

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