Etcheverry and Cachín got off to a good start in Madrid

The Argentine tennis player Tomás Etcheverry confirmed his very good season and advanced to the second round of the Masters 1000 in Madrid by beating Frenchman Adrian Mannarino 6-4, 6-0 this Thursday, while his compatriot Pedro Cachín agreed to the same request by defeating Jordanian Abedallah Shelbayh 6-1, 6-4.

Etcheverry, born in La Plata and ranked 59 in the ATP world ranking, showed a very solid game, especially with his serve, and defeated the Frenchman Mannarino (46), 34, after one hour and 10 game minutes.

The 23-year-old Argentine and finalist this year at the ATP in Santiago and Houston, will play his next match against the American Frances Tiafoe (11), who will enter the tournament directly in the second round. Etcheverry lost this year with Tiafoe in the definition of Houston by a close 7-6 (7-1) and 7-6 (8-6) in the only antecedent between the two in the circuit.

For his part, the Cordovan from Bell Ville Pedro Cachín (67) did not have any problems to defeat the special guest Abedallah Shelbayh (243), 19 years old and born in Jordan, after one hour and 23 minutes of play. Cachín will play in the second round against Argentina’s number one, Francisco Cerúndolo (30), who will enter the tournament directly in that instance.

The only precedent between the two Argentines was in qualifying for the 2022 edition of the Australian Open and favors Cachín, who prevailed over Cerúndolo 6-7 (5-7), 6-4 and 6-2.

Another Argentine who was excepted from the initial round is Sebastián Báez (31), champion this year at the ATP 250 in Córdoba, who will debut against the American Marcos Girón (61), winner on this day of the Portuguese Nuno Borges (74) by 6 -2 and 7-6 (9-7).

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The Madrid Masters 1000 takes place in parallel between the ATP and the WTA and will distribute a total of prizes of 8,796,536 euros. The top favorite in the men’s draw is the Spanish Carlos Alcaraz (2), who also defends the title, while among the ladies the candidate is the number one in the world, the Polish Iga Swiatek (1).

The Murcian Alcaraz, who has just won the Conde de Godó last Sunday in Barcelona, ​​will make his direct debut in the second round against the Finn Emil Ruusuvuori (41), who beat the Frenchman Ugo Humbert (77) 7-6 (8- 6) and 7-6 (7-4).

The tournament, which began in 2002, had only one Argentine champion, David Nalbandian from Cordoba in the 2007 edition when it was still taking place on a hard surface. Then, starting in 2009, it was decided to switch to clay and joined the European tour that culminates in June at Roland Garros.

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