March 7, 2014
Tennis — atp buenos airesFriday, February 14, 2014
No Argentines in ATP Buenos Aires quarters for first time since 1970
With Carlos Berlocq’s elimination, the ATP Buenos Aires advances to the quarterfinals without Argentines for the first time since 1970. Nine local players competed, but they were all beaten in the first or second round.
The ATP Buenos Aires tournament continues without Argentines left as all of them were eliminated before the quarterfinals for the first time since 1970.
Carlos Berlocq was the last chance for the local players to advance to the last eight round, but he lost 6-2 6-7 6-2 against Robin Haase of the Netherlands in the last turn on Wednesday night.
Nine Argentine players competed in the tournament held at the Buenos Aires Lawn Tennis Club: Berlocq, Juan Mónaco, Horacio Zeballos, Leonardo Mayer, Federico Delbonis, Máximo González, Martín Alund, Guido Pella and Facundo Argüello. However, even when the expectations were low from the beginning, but this time they were all eliminated too soon.
Mónaco, who in June 2012 was 10th in the ATP rankings, continued with his disappointing performances and lost in the first round against 83rd-ranked Alber Ramos of Spain. He accumulated six defeats in a row.
Berlocq, ranked 41, said: “I think it’s not important that there are no Argentines left in the competition. It’s just a statistic.”
Top-seeded David Ferrer of Spain advanced to the quarterfinals yesterday after beating Santiago Giraldo of Colombia 6-4 7-6 (7-1), while compatriot Nicolás Almagro joined him after defeating fellow Spaniard Daniel Gimeno-Traver 1-6 7-5 6-4. Eighth-seeded Jeremy Chardy of France also advanced.
Meanwhile, in Rotterdam, top seeds Juan Martín del Potro and Andy Murray overcame bumps to reach the ABN Amro quarterfinals.
Del Potro, the 2012 runner-up and 2013 champion, beat Paul-Henri Mathieu of France 6-2 7-6 (7-2) but had to save two set-points on serve at 5-6 in the second.
“I recovered myself well in the tiebreak, because I made too many mistakes in the second set,” he said. Still feeling pain in his left wrist, he added, “Sometimes I get frustrated. It’s not easy when I want to close the point and hit hard but I have to hit slices. But I have done this for the past month on the tour and I have to deal with it.”
Second-seeded Murray bested Austrian qualifier Dominic Thiem 6-4 3-6 6-3. They were evenly matched in the first two sets, with Thiem saving three break points to take the second. But Murray asserted himself in the third, in an exciting match which lasted 2 hours, 21 minutes.
Marin Cilic, Ernests Gulbis, Tomas Berdych, Jerzy Janowicz and Philipp Kohlschreiber also advanced.
In Doha, Australian Open champion Li Na was upset by Czech qualifier Petra Cetkovska 7-6 (7-2) 2-6 6-4 in the Qatar Open third round.
AP, DyN, Télam