May 22, 2022 8:44 am

Australian Open: Sebastián Báez achieved his first victory in a Grand Slam

Sebastián Báez from Buenos Aires (95th in the world ranking) managed today to advance to the second round of the Australian Open, which takes place in Melbourne, by beating the Spanish Albert Ramos Viñolas (44th) by 6-4, 4-6, 6 -3, 1-6 and 6-2, in three hours and 26 minutes of play. The data has a much greater value than the statistical: it is the first triumph of Báez in a Grand Slam tournament. In addition, it is also the first time that he directly accesses the main draw of a tournament of this category.

Báez thus continues his ascent, after an extraordinary 2021: He began it being 308th in the world and finished it with 98th place in the ranking. In between, he won six titles on the Challenger Tour (the immediate division below the ATP) and reached three other finals, with a total of 44 victories in the category, a record number for an Under 20.

In this way, Báez, 21 years old and debuting in a Grand Slam event, joined as the second Argentine to advance to the round in the oceanic open after Diego Schawartzman’s victory (13th) last night against Serbian Filip Krajinovic by 6 -3, 6-4 and 7-5, after two hours and 27 minutes of play.

In the next round, Báez will play against the winner of the match between the Greek Stéfanos Tsitsipas (4th) and the Swedish Mikael Ymer (82nd).

For its part, Marco Trungelitti (198th) fell today in his debut against the American Frances Tiafoe (34th), after two hours and 55 minutes of play, 3-6, 6-4, 6-2, 3-6 and 6-2. He also said goodbye to the Australian tournament this Tuesday Juan Manuel Cerundolo, 80th in the world, who lost to Czech Tomas Machac 6-3, 2-6, 6-4, 6-2.

Of the eight Argentine tennis players present in the men’s final draw of the first Grand Slam of the year, only Diego Schwartzman and Báez himself qualified for the second round. Federico Delbonis, Federico Coria, Facundo Bagnis and Tomás Etcheverry had already been eliminated.

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