Olivieri, Marcondes Rally Back For Blumenau Challenger Semi-Final Spots

Genaro Alberto Olivieri (photo: Luiz Cândido/CBT)

BLUMENAU/STARNBERG, January 15, 2022

World No. 309 Genaro Alberto Olivieri leads the the semi-finals line-up of the Circuito Dove Men Care in Blumenau, Brazil. The No. 3 seed of the $37,520 ATP Challenger Tour 50 clay-court event emerged victorious from the all-Argentine affair with Facundo Juarez, rallying 6-7(4), 6-2, 6-4 on Friday.

Olivieri, who captured two singles titles on the ITF Pro Circuit and is seeking his maiden Challenger crown, sent down four aces and won 74 per cent of his first-service points to prevail after two hours and 40 minutes.

The 23-year-old Bragado native will next face home favourite Igor Marcondes. The fifth seed also came back from a set down to outlast US-American Nicolas Moreno de Alboran, who knocked out top favourite and former Top 10 star Fernando Verdasco in the second round, 4-6, 7-6(6), 7-6(4). Marcondes won six points less than his rival but secured victory in three hours and 19 minutes.


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The bottom half of the draw is dominated by players from Argentina. Teenager Juan Bautista Torres edged out No. 8 seed Facundo Diaz Acosta 6-4, 6-4 in one hour and 44 minutes. The 19-year-old from Buenos Aires will next play his compatriot Juan Pablo Paz, who beat fellow Argentine Gonzalo Villanueva 6-3, 6-4. The encounter lasted one hour and 25 minutes.

In Saturday’s doubles final, top seeds Diego Hidalgo from Ecuador and Cristian Rodriguez of Colombia take on the all-Bolivian combination of Boris Arias and Federico Zeballos. Center Court action will start 10:30 am local time.