Schwartzman Wins All-Argentine Final At Argentina Open

Diego Schwartzman (photo: @sergio.llamera / Argentina Open)

BUENOS AIRES/WASHINGTON, March 8, 2021 (by Michael Dickens)

Diego Schwartzman became the first Argentine champion of the Argentina Open in 13 years after winning his fourth career ATP Tour title Sunday afternoon in Buenos Aires.

The World No. 9 from Buenos Aires easily beat fellow Argentine Francisco Cerundolo, 6-1, 6-2. It was Schwartzman’s first title won in Argentina.

“I’m very, very happy; it’s been an amazing week for me,” Schwartzman said while accepting his trophy. “It’s the first time [I have won at] home. Two years ago, I reached the final here and lost. … I was very unhappy, but two years later I have my revenge against Francisco, who is a great player.”

The 137th-ranked Cerundolo, whose younger brother Juan Manuel lifted the Cordoba Open trophy a week ago, qualified for the main draw and made a valiant run at this week’s title. He hoped to join a select group of tennis-playing brothers like John and Patrick McEnroe, Emilio and Javier Sanchez, Alexander and Mischa Zverev’s, who each have won titles.

Instead, Schwartzman broke Cerundolo six times – taking advantage early breaks of service in both sets – plus his opponent was playing in his fifth three-set match going back to the qualifying draw. Schwartzman outpointed his opponent 64-45 over the course of the one hour and 21-minute match on red clay to secure the title victory.


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News & noteworthy

• By winning, Diego Schwartzman became the first Argentine champion in Buenos Aires since 2008, when David Nalbandian won in another all-Argentine final against Jose Acasuso.

What they’re saying

Diego Schwartzman on Francisco Cerundulo: “He had a spectacular week. I’ve been following him since he qualified and we’ve had great conversations and talked about his matches. I also know his whole family. They were there at the same club where I started playing tennis before [Francisco] was born. … This was his week, last week was Juan Manuel’s week.”