The tennis player from Bahía Guido Pella (739 in the ATP ranking) prevailed this Thursday against the Brazilian Thiago Monteiro (78) and managed to advance to the second round of Indian Wells, the first tournament of the Masters 1000 series of the season, which is played in the Californian desert of the United States. Meanwhile, Tomás Martín Etcheverry (61) had a great match but could not prevail against former British number one Andy Murray (55), who defeated him in three sets.
Pella, relegated to position 739, but who was able to enter the tournament due to a protected ranking, played a tough match on court number 5 of the Indian Wells Tennis Garden complex against the left-handed Monteiro, a rival to whom he lost the last time they played, in the ATP 500 in Rio de Janeiro 2020, but this time the Bahian won 3-6, 7-5 and 6-2 to advance to the second round where he will face the seeded Dutchman Tallon Griekspoor (36).
For his part, Etcheverry, finalist last Sunday in the ATP 250 in Santiago de Chile, fell 6-7 (5), 6-1 and 6-4 against the British Andy Murray (55) on the center court with capacity for 16 thousand viewers. The winner will play in the next round with the Spanish Pablo Carreño Busta (17).
As for the rest of the Argentines who are still in the race, Diego Schwartzman and Pedro Cachín, they will play the second round of the contest this Friday; while Francisco Cerúndolo and Sebastián Báez, both excluded from the initial round, will make their debut on the courts of the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.
Schwartzman (38), from Buenos Aires, who defeated his compatriot Federico Coria (64) in the first round on Wednesday by a resounding 6-1, 6-2, and thus left behind the last four consecutive falls in his debuts at the Córdoba Open, Argentina Open, ATP 500 in Rio de Janeiro and ATP 250 in Santiago de Chile, will have a difficult stop against the Norwegian top ten and third favorite of the tournament, Casper Ruud (4).
For his part, Cachín (66) from Córdoba, who in his debut achieved the first victory of his career in a Masters 1000 by beating the Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili (118) 7-5 and 6-3, will have as a rival the tough German and today out of the top ten Alexander Zverev (14), who will enter to play directly in the second round.
The best Argentine in the ranking, Francisco Cerúndolo (32), will debut against the Frenchman Gregoire Barrere (65) or the American server Jack Sock (154), while the Buenos Aires native Báez (35), champion this year at the Córdoba Open, will do so. against the Swede Mikael Ymer (57) or the Australian Rinky Hijikata (130), emerged from the classification.
The contest, which takes place on a cement surface and will distribute prizes of $10,143,750, and which is held jointly between the ATP and the WTA, has had only one Argentine champion throughout history: Juan Martín from Tandil Del Potro, who lifted the trophy in the 2018 edition. On that occasion, Del Potro beat Swiss Roger Federer, from whom he took the unbeaten record of the first 18 matches of the year after defeating him in the final 6-4, 6 -7 (8) and 7-6 (2).
In this edition, the top favorite for the title in the men’s draw is the Spanish Carlos Alcaraz (2), champion at the Argentina Open last month; while, among the ladies, the top seed is the Polish Iga Swiatek (1), who defends the title she won in 2022, and her rival to beat will be the Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka (2), winner this year of the Australian Open.