January 18, 2022 11:11 pm

Challenger World: Santiago Rodríguez Taverna and Facundo Díaz Acosta define in Tigre, and the first title of the year stays at home

After a 2021 of excellent results, with 20 Argentine titles, the Challenger tour of men’s tennis begins 2022 with good results. Facundo Diaz Acosta Y Santiago Rodríguez Taverna will star on Sunday a Argentine final in the tournament that is played at the Nautico Hacoaj de Tigre, with prizes of $ 37,500 and points for the ATP Tour.

In the first semifinal, Diaz Acosta from Buenos Aires (338th in the ranking) easily beat Bolivian Murkel Delien (905th) by 6-3 and 6-1, in one hour and 26 minutes of play. For the left-handed Díaz Acosta, winner of the silver medal at the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires 2018, it is his first final in the field of Challengers. “I am very happy to be in my first final. I feel a very great relief. In the end I got a little nervous, but luckily I was able to stay focused to close the game, “admitted Díaz Acosta.

Facundo Diaz AcostaChallenger Tiger Press

It will also be the first definition in this category for Rodríguez Taverna (302 °). The 22-year-old tennis player from Pilar beat Chilean Gonzalo Lama (322 °) 6-1, 6-3, after 77 minutes of action. “From the first game of the match I was very good with my game. I feel very comfortable with Gonzalo’s speed and height of the ball, and that also helped me develop the game the way I did ”, declared the Buenos Aires native.

With good experience in the ITF of the minor category (the former futures), Rodríguez Taverna considered: “The difference I feel with the M15 and M25 is in the change of balls. In futures it takes a little longer to change balls, then the game slows down. In Challengers the opposite happens, and it favors me because I achieve more speed ”.

Santiago Rodríguez Taverna, finalist in Tigre
Santiago Rodríguez Taverna, finalist in TigreChallenger Tiger Press

The final will be played this Sunday from 10 am at the Diego Schwartzman Central Court of the Hacoaj Yacht Club, with a live broadcast from TyC Sports and TyC Sports Play.


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