Facundo Bagnis began the activity at the ATP 250 in Umag with a victory in a duel for Argentines: it was 7-5 and 6-3 against Tomás Etcheverry on Croatian clay and in a match that lasted 1 hour and 58 minutes.
The left-hander, No. 120 in the world ranking and tries to recover ground that returns him to the top 100, lot in which he used to be; his best position was 78th in September 2013. This time, he faced his rising compatriot, currently 72nd in the rankings, and eliminated him in a close match.
The Santa Fe player won 24 of the 29 points he played with his first serve, for an 83% efficiency, he broke the rival serve three times, while he gave up his own once. In addition, in the total points of the match, he won 68 against the 53 of the 23-year-old from La Plata.
In the round of 16, Bagnis will face Frenchman Corentin Moutet (116th), who has just beaten German Daniel Altmaier 6-4, 6-2.
On the other hand, Federico Delbonis, from Azul, who was supposed to face Jiri Vesely but was unable to do so due to injury, lost to Slovakian Norbert Gombos (entered with the luck of an underdog) 6-4, 5-7 6-4 . His next hurdle will be none other than the Spanish Carlos Alcaraz, No. 5 in the ranking.
In Kitzbühel, also on clay, the Chilean Nicolás Jarry (121st) fell in his debut against the Spanish Pedro Martínez (49th) by 7-6 (7-4) and 6-3 in 1h47m.
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