Londero, Cachin Fly The Argentine Flag In Cordoba
Argentines ruled another day at the inaugural Cordoba Open on Wednesday, winning five of the six matches contested. The only match players from the home country lost was a doubles match between four Argentines.
Wild card Juan Ignacio Londero kicked off the flag-flying day on Cancha Central, beating Italy’s Lorenzo Sonego 7-5, 6-3 to reach his first ATP Tour quarter-final. Londero, playing at a career-high No. 112 in the ATP Rankings, was 0-3 in tour-level matches before this week.
But he’s yet to lose his serve in Cordoba. He saved all five break points for the second consecutive match. View Match Stats
The 25-year-old will face countryman Pedro Cachin for a place in the semi-finals. The 23-year-old qualifier also advanced to his first quarter-final when fourth seed Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain retired up 7-6(3), 0-1. Cachin, like Londero, was winless at tour-level (0-2) before Cordoba.
In doubles, top seeds Maximo Gonzalez/Horacio Zeballos beat Guido Andreozzi/Leonardo Mayer 6-1, 6-1 in the all-Argentine clash. Fourth seeds Marcelo Arevalo of El Salvador and American Jamie Cerretani fell to Belgians Sander Gille/Joran Vliegen 7-5, 7-6(5).
Third seeds Roman Jebavy/Andres Molteni avoided an upset, overcoming Nicolas Jarry/Paolo Lorenzi 6-3, 6-4. But second seeds Marcelo Demoliner/Frederik Nielsen were not as fortunate, falling to Argentine wild cards Facundo Bagnis/Guillermo Duran 6-3, 6-4.
On Thursday, the top three singles seeds – Fabio Fognini, Marco Cecchinato and Diego Schwartzman – are all scheduled to begin their quest for the ATP Tour 250 title.
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