Cordoba Open. Juan Ignacio Londero won again without losing a set and advanced to the semifinals on the circuit after two years in his favorite tournament
The first ATP 250 champion from Córdoba is still standing. John Ignatius Londoner who came to be 50th in the world in that 2019 in which he shook the circuit by winning the tournament after receiving a special invitation, advanced this Friday to the semifinals at the Polo Deportivo Mario Kempes by defeating Serbian Nicola Milojevic (136th) by 6-4 and 7-5, three places above him in the current ranking. So far he has not yielded any set in this edition of the contest that is held in his province.
He no longer feels weakened, he came out of depression, recovered his mental order and sees no ghosts ahead even though the Spanish Albert Ramos Viñolas (44th) appears on the horizon, sixth favorite in the contest and finalist in 2021. In the game they will hold This Saturday for a ticket to the final, Topito will meet a rival who has 10 wins in his participation in the Córdoba Open.
Londero had not reached the semifinals on the circuit since Buenos Aires 2020. He reached it in this first tournament that the Cordovan faces in 2022, who ended last year playing two very good tournaments, in Montevideo and Florianópolis, something that helped him face the preseason with a different attitude and hope. This is his moment of greatest light in the midst of the darkness that he felt he was living in the midst of the pandemic.
On the brick dust from Cordoba, he quickly went 3-0, with two breaks, but immediately gave up one of his own and had the European in the match again. Faced with this wake-up call, the Argentine’s response was immediate: keeping his serve led him to stay with the first set, beyond the carousel of sensations that he seems to experience at times on the court. A break point against when he was serving to close the set put him to the test and he responded with integrity to come out on top.
In the second set he started down, because he started by serving Milojevic, but he broke in the fifth game to go ahead 3-2. He could not sustain it without suspense, because he suffered a first break from the Serbian to be tied at 4 and then a downpour came, which forced a short break. And on the way back, the final clean and jerk to keep the service of his rival and define with his serve, solidly, without fear.
The victory celebration
Cheered by the stadium and under great emotion, Londero became raw before the microphones again: “Happiness does not enter my body after a very hard year. Being in a semifinal in my first tournament of the year and above all in the Córdoba Open, is very important.I am enjoying myself too much. I don’t remember a game where I was as nervous as this one. Since I woke up I was nervous, thinking about the points that I defend and what is coming in Buenos Aires. Since I got here I’ve been dreaming.”