Triumphs for Cerúndolo and Schwartzman in Monte Carlo

The Argentine Francisco Cerúndolo debuted this Monday with a creditable victory over the British Cameron Norrie, eleventh seed, in the first round of the Monte Carlo Masters 1000, played on clay courts, in a day in which his compatriot Diego Schwartzman also won and Sebastián Báez from Buenos Aires was eliminated.

Cerúndolo, number 33 in the world, prevailed 6-3, 6-4 over Norrie and tied the record that favored the European player for his victory in the round of 16 of the ATP in Lyon 2022. The 24-year-old from Buenos Aires, who has been His first appearance in the Masters of the Principality, he will play in the next instance against the Italian Matteo Berrettini (22), who then defeated the American Maxime Cressy 6-4, 6-2.

Cerúndolo, who comes from doing a good job in the Masters 1000 in Miami, with access to the quarterfinals, dominated from start to finish and even supported the comeback that Norris showed in the first set. With a victory in the next game, Cerúndolo will be placed as number one in Argentina.

For his part, the first Argentine racket, Sebastián Báez (32), was eliminated against the British Jack Draper (61) in two sets: 6-3 and 7-5. Báez repeated last year’s performance in the Monegasque tournament when he was fired in the first round by the Spanish Pablo Carreño Busta, after entering the main draw from the previous qualification.

The other Argentine participant in the 2023 edition, Diego Schwartzman (36th), later beat Belgian David Goffin (45) 6-4, 6-2, after 1 hour and 43 minutes of play. The “Little” will be measured in the next instance against the Italian Jannik Sinner (9), who will debut directly in the second round of the Monte Carlo contest.

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The top favorite of the tournament is the Serbian Novak Djokovic, who will return to the circuit after missing the Masters 1000 in Indian Wells and Miami for not being vaccinated against Covid 19. On the other hand, the Spaniards Carlos Alcaraz and Rafael Nadal are absent due to injury in the start of the European brick dust tour.

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