There were seven Argentinian players in the Cordoba Open main draw, and all but two landed in Diego Schwartzman’s half as he learned his tough road to a fourth TBEN title on Saturday.
Schwartzman, who reached the final here last year, is the seed in his home tournament. If he advances in the top quarter, he could face compatriots Guido Pella, seeded No.4, or seeded No.8 Federico Delbonis in the semi-finals. Pella, who knocked out Schwartzman in the 2019 quarter-finals here, and Delbonis anchor the second quarter, which also includes local wild card Nicolas Kicker.
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The world No.9 starts the second round with a bye, and could face a rematch from last year’s Cordoba quarter-final with No.5 Albert Ramos-Vinolas once again landing in the Argentina quarter. Schwartzman defeated Ramos-Vinolas in a 6-0, 7-6 (0) roller coaster victory to extend his ATP Head2Head dominance over the Spaniard to 5-0.
But before Ramos-Vinolas can think of playing a third quarter-final in Argentina (also Buenos Aires 2019) against Schwartzman, he will have to face another local favorite in the first round. He will start his campaign in Cordoba against Juan Ignacio Londero, who won his only TBEN title in the first edition of 2019.
Frenchman Benoit Paire is the No.2 seed, leading the bottom quarter and eyeing a potential clash with No.6 seed Dominik Koepfer in the quarter-finals. Two wild cards including the former world n ° 38 Nicolas Jarry, titlist TBEN of Chile, also landed in the district of Paire.
Serbian Miomir Kecmanovic is leading a tricky third quarter as the No.3 seed in Cordoba, in search of his second TBEN title. He could get #NextGenATP Brazilian Thiago Seyboth Wild in the second round. The 20-year-old is also looking to double his trophy count after winning the Chile Dove Men + Care Open 2020 in Santiago.
No.7 seed Thiago Monteiro is also in the Kecmanovic section. The Brazilian is among the players aiming to become Cordoba’s third consecutive South American champion, following the victory of Chilean Cristian Garin in 2020.