The Santa Fe Facundo Bagnis beat today the debut to the Brazilian Felipe Meligeni Alves by 6-3, 1-6 and 6-4, to advance to the second round of the Masters 1000 of tennis Miami, which takes place in parallel between the ATP and the WTA, in the first day of competition of the contest in which the Cordovan Pedro Cachín lost and in which later the Bahian Guido Pella was presented.
Facundo Bagnis, ranked 100th in the ATP world ranking, defeated Brazilian Felipe Meligeni Alves (164), from the previous ranking of the contest, after 1 hour and 41 minutes of the contest.
The tennis player born in Armstrong, Santa Fe, 33 years ago, will play his next match against the top seed for the title, the Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz (1), who will enter directly in the second round.
At the same time, the Cordovan Pedro Cachín (63) was defeated by the Hungarian Marton Fucsovics (74), who beat him 6-4 and 7-6 (7-2), after 1 hour and 47 minutes of confrontation
Later, Guido Pella, born in Bahía Blanca and relegated to 581 in the ATP world ranking due to several injuries that did not allow him to compete for a long time, played against the Peruvian Juan Pablo Varillas (88), a tennis player who surpassed the two times they faced, both in Challengers and in Colombia, the first in Pereira 2014 and the second in Floridablanca 2017.
In the case of winning, the 32-year-old Baha’i left-hander will face Canadian Denis Shapovalov (30) in the second round, except for participating in the first round.
The tournament will feature five other Argentines: Francisco Cerúndolo, Sebastián Báez and Diego Schwartzman, the three excepted from the opening round, plus Federico Coria and Tomás Martín Etcheverry, who are scheduled to play their matches of the opening round of the tournament tomorrow.
“Fran”, the eldest of the Cerúndolo brothers and Argentine number one since his 31st place in the world ranking, will begin his participation against the winner of the cross between the Spanish Jaume Munar (66) and the American Aleksandar Kovacevic (102), a tennis player emerged from the classification.
For Cerúndolo, 24, Miami is a very important tournament since he will defend the points he scored last year when he climbed to the semifinals in a great performance.
Báez (33), meanwhile, also exempt from the opening round, will play against the winner of the match between the American Marcos Girón (71) and the Chilean Cristian Garín (82), from the “quality”.
The other who will skip the opening round, the “Peque” Schwartzman (38), will be presented against the British Kyle Edmund (544) or the Chinese Yibing Wu (64).
For his part, the pretense Tomás Martín Etcheverry (73) will debut against the Russian Pavel Katov (117), emerged from the “qualy” and, if passed, he will have to face the Russian Karen Khachanov (16), while the Rosario “Fefo” Coria (67) will play against the Czech ascendant Jiri Lehecka (44) and, if he beats him, he will play in the second round of the tournament against the Italian Lorenzo Musetti (21).
The Masters 1000 of Miami, on cement surface and with prizes for $ 10,156,105, will take.
held in its new stage since 2019, the Hard Rock Stadium, where it exercises its headquarters Miami Dolphins, one of the main teams of the NFL, in Miami Gardens, in the State of Florida.
The big favorites are the Murcian Alcaraz and the Polish Iga Swiatek, who are also the current champions.
Alcaraz, 19, regained the world number one last Sunday after winning the Masters 1000 of Indian Wells, after winning in the final over the Russian Daniil Medvedev (5) by 6-3 and 6-2, that conquest allowed him to displace the Serbian Novak Djokovic (2).
In the case of the Serbian, his absence, as happened in Indian Wells, is due to the fact that the US government did not allow him to enter the country because he had not been vaccinated against the coronavirus, while another heavyweight who will not be in Miami will be the Spanish Rafael Nadal (13), who recovers from an injury and will only return in April on the European tour on brick dust.
In the women’s draw the great candidate is Swiatek (1) and her rivals to beat will be the Kazakh Elena Rybakina (7), a champion on Sunday in India Wells, and the Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka (2), finalist in the tournament played in the Californian desert. (Telam)