Francisco Cerúndolo made it clear that he is in a great moment and will arrive in an unbeatable way at Roland Garros. With high-flying tennis, the Argentine beat the British Cameron Norris in straight sets and qualified for the definition of the ATP 250 in Lyon. In this way he will play the first final of 2023 and the third of his career.
In one hour and 14 minutes, Cerúndolo overwhelmed Norrie, former top ten, second favorite and defending champion in the French tournament, 6-3, 6-0. The Argentine had already beaten the British this year in the second round of the Monte Carlo Masters 1000 and had lost in the 2022 edition of Lyon, this time in the round of 16.
Cerúndolo, 24, will go in search of the title this Saturday against the French youth Arthur Fils (112), who in the other semifinal beat the American Brando Nakashima (52) 7-5, 4-6 in a marathon duel. 7-6 (7-5).
Cerúndolo will play the third final of his career after winning the title last year at the Swedish ATP in Bastad and losing the definition of the Argentina Open in 2021 against his compatriot Diego Schwartzman. “Great level today! Very happy with the pass to the final! Let’s go tomorrow!!”, published “Fran” on his account on the social network Twitter, shortly after his victory.
The ATP 250 in Lyon is played on a brick dust surface, will distribute prizes for 630,705 euros and is the prelude to Roland Garros, the second Grand Slam tournament of the year that will be played in Paris from next Sunday with the confirmed presence of 10 Argentines, one of which will be Cerúndolo.
Fall of Riera
The Argentine tennis player Julia Riera put an end to the best week of her professional career by falling in the semifinals of the Rabat Open after losing to the Austrian Julia Grabher 6-1, 3-6 and 7-6 (8-6). , in what was her first 250 category tournament on the WTA circuit.
Riera, born in Pergamino 20 years ago and ranked 195th in the WTA world ranking, battled for two hours and 20 minutes before falling to Grabher (74) in a close third set that was defined in the tie break.
Beyond the defeat, for Riera her absolute debut in a tournament on the major circuit will be unforgettable, since she played at a high level during the week and successively beat three tennis players with a long history on the circuit: the French Kristina Mladenovic ( 165), the Egyptian Mayar Sherif (55) and the Kazakh Yulia Putintseva (61). In addition, her performance in Rabat will bring Riera a promotion to 148th place in the WTA world ranking, to be the second best racket in Argentina behind Rosario Nadia Podoroska (101).
The WTA 250 in Rabat is played on clay courts, will distribute a total of 259,000 euros in premise and will have the Austrian Grabher in the final against the Italian Lucia Bronzetti (102), who surprised the 2017 US Open champion , the American Sloane Stephens (35), whom she beat 6-1 and 6-1.