Francisco Cerúndolo came back from a very difficult match against the American Jack Sock to qualify for the third round of Indian Wells, in a day in which Guido Pella was eliminated in a very tight match against the Dutch Tallon Griekspoor. Later, Sebastián Báez will jump onto the court, who will look for his ticket against the Australian Rinky Hijikata.
Cerúndolo, who started early because he was seeded 27, made his debut on the Californian cement with a victory for which he had to work for two and a quarter games. The American, former number 8 in the world, showed vestiges of his talent and took the opportunity to win the initial set, but then the Argentine found his consistency and won the duel 4-6, 6-3 and 6- 4.
The Argentine showed some doubts to close the match, as he took a 5-1 lead in the deciding set, but Sock did not give up and went up to 4-5. However, Cerúndolo remained calm at that moment and closed the duel with his service. In the next round, the Argentine number one will face Canadian Felix Auger Aliassime, who beat Spanish Pedro Martínez 7-6 (7-4) and 6-4.
The story was different for Guido Pella, who showed progress in his quest to return to the fore, but fell just enough against Griekspoor 7-6 (7-3) and 7-6 (7-4) in a clash that lasted for an hour and 55 minutes. The Argentine had a break lead early in the second set and a mini-break in the tie break, but he couldn’t take advantage of them and paid for it with the loss. In the next round, the Dutchman could come across Carlos Alcaraz, who will later play the Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis.