Andujar, Djere Lead Seeds Into Buenos Aires Second Round

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Sixth seed Pablo Andujar begins his Argentina Open campaign with a straight-sets victory over Juan Ignacio Londero on Monday.

Djere to face either Delbonis or 19-year-old Cerundolo next

Sixth seed Pablo Andujar and seventh seed Laslo Djere punched their ticket into the second round at the Argentina Open as main draw action began on Monday.

Andujar cruised past Juan Ignacio Londero 6-3, 6-0 in his first match since the Australian Open. He trailed by an early break against the Argentine, who sits at No. 90 in the FedEx ATP Rankings. But after recovering from the 0-2 deficit, the Spaniard took control of the contest.

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The sixth seed stayed solid in the pressure-filled moments, saving nine of the 10 break points he faced on Court Guillermo Vilas to see off Londero after an hour and 33 minutes. He will face the winner of an all-Italian clash between Gianluca Mager and Salvatore Caruso

Seventh seed Djere had to rally after dropping the opening set in a hard-fought tie-break, and bounced back with a 6-7(4), 6-2, 6-3 victory. Djere will face an Argentine in the second round as he awaits the winner of Federico Delbonis and 19-year-old Juan Manuel Cerundolo, who claimed the Cordoba Open title on Sunday. 

How To Watch

Elsewhere in Buenos Aires, Dominik Koepfer completed a turnaround against local wild card Thiago Agustin Tirante to win 2-6, 6-3, 6-4, while Thiago Monteiro took down Roberto Carballes Baena 6-2, 6-3. In qualifying, 22-year-old Francisco Cerundolo was also back in action as he defeated countryman Agustin Velotti 6-4, 7-5 to join younger brother Juan Manuel in the main draw. 

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Scouting Report: 10 Things To Watch In Rotterdam & Buenos Aires

There will be plenty of mouthwatering action on tap with two ATP Tour events this week, led by the first ATP 500 tournament of the year at the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam. World No. 3 Daniil Medvedev headlines the field, hoping to add his name to the prestigious event’s legendary honour roll.

In South America, the second leg of the “Golden Swing” will head to Buenos Aires for the Argentina Open. Top seed Diego Schwartzman will hit the clay courts of the ‘Cathedral of Argentine Tennis’ as he continues his quest to lift his first ATP Tour trophy on home soil.

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Draws: Rotterdam | Buenos Aires

FIVE THINGS TO WATCH IN ROTTERDAM
1) Medvedev’s Road To No. 2: After reaching his second Grand Slam final at the Australian Open, top seed Medvedev arrives in Rotterdam looking for his first individual title of the year (Russia won the ATP Cup). A maiden trophy at the ATP 500 event would just be the icing on the cake: Medvedev needs to reach the final to rise to a career-high No. 2 in the FedEx ATP Rankings. If the Russian accomplishes the feat, he will become the first player outside the Big Four — Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray — to hold a top two spot since Lleyton Hewitt was World No. 2 the week of 18 July 2005.

2) Top-Shelf Talent: Four of the Top 10 and eight of the Top 20 in the FedEx ATP Rankings will compete in Rotterdam. World No. 6 Stefanos Tsitsipas, No. 7 Alexander Zverev and No. 8 Andrey Rublev round out the top four seeds.

3) Unseeded & Looming Large: The draw handed 2015 champion and Stan Wawrinka one of the toughest first-round tests in the form of unseeded Russian Karen Khachanov, the 2018 Rolex Paris Masters champion. Former World No. 1 and 2009 Rotterdam winner Andy Murray is also in the mix after receiving a wild card, and could face Rublev in the second round.

4) Goffin Coming In Hot: Sixth seed David Goffin storms into the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament with momentum after winning the Open Sud de France in Montpellier on Sunday. The Belgian had not previously won a title since Tokyo in 2017. Goffin, who reached the final of this event in 2017, will play big-hitting German Jan-Lennard Struff in the first round.

5) Double The Action: The top-ranked doubles team in the world, Colombian duo Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah, leads the way in a strong doubles field that also features Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic as the No. 2 seeds. Familiar singles names join doubles heavyweights in an entertaining draw as Stefanos Tsitsipas pairs up with younger brother Petros Tsitsipas, and Russians Rublev and Khachanov compete together.

FIVE THINGS TO WATCH IN BUENOS AIRES
1) Native Son: Diego Schwartzman was born and still resides in Buenos Aires. He is hoping his city can inspire him to lift his first ATP Tour trophy on home soil. Schwartzman has won all three of his titles on clay, the surface where he also reached the biggest final of his career at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia last year.

2) Home Hopes: Schwartzman is joined by seven countrymen in the main draw, all looking to become first Argentine to win in Buenos Aires since David Nalbandian in 2008. Other Argentine champions include Guillermo Coria (2004), Gaston Gaudio (2005) and Juan Monaco (2007).

3) The Dream Continues: Argentine Juan Manuel Cerundolo enjoyed a dream week at the Cordoba Open, where he won the title on his ATP Tour debut. The #NextGenATP lefty is in the Buenos Aires draw as a special exempt. He will play fellow Argentine lefty Federico Delbonis in the first round.

4) Garin Gets Going: Chile’s Cristian Garin is the No. 2 seed and he’s looking to jumpstart his season at the Argentina Open. Garin had to miss the Australian Open due to a wrist injury, and will be contesting his second match of the year when he begins his campaign. With Schwartzman also in the draw, Buenos Aires will see both of South America’s top-ranked singles players hit the court this week.

5) Doubles In Buenos Aires: Austin Krajicek and Franko Skugor are the top seeds at this ATP 250 event. Singles star Benoit Paire and Monaco’s Romain Arneodo, who reached the Cordoba final, will try to go one step further in Buenos Aires.

Schwartzman & Garin Lead Buenos Aires Action; All You Need To Know

Born in Buenos Aires and named after football legend Diego Maradona, Diego Schwartzman is about as Argentine as they come. The former World No. 8 will hope that home court advantage will help him take a sip from the Argentina Open trophy for the first time. 

Home talent has enjoyed plenty of success in Buenos Aires, winning four editions during 2004-2008, but it’s been 13 years since an Argentine has won since then. With the tournament introducing a new trophy in 2017 in the shape of a mate gourd – a nod to the country’s favourite beverage – fans are more eager than ever for an Argentine champion to toast his victory. 

Schwartzman will be joined by Chile’s Cristian Garin as both of South America’s top-ranked singles players hit the court at the ATP 250 event. Contested on red clay at the Buenos Aires Lawn Tennis Club, known as the “Cathedral of Argentinean tennis”, the tournament also features Benoit Paire, Miomir Kecmanovic and Albert Ramos-Vinolas.

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Here’s all you need to know about Buenos Aires tennis tournament: when is the draw, what is the schedule, where to watch, who has won and more. 

Established: 2001

Tournament Dates: 1-7 March 2021

Tournament Director: Martin Jaite

Draw Ceremony: Saturday, 27 February at 3pm

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Schedule (View On Official Website)
* Qualifying: Saturday 27 February – Monday 1 March; Saturday at 9:30am, Sunday and Monday at 11am
* Main draw: Monday 1 – Sunday 7 March, Monday – Friday at 11am and 6pm (weekend start times TBA)
* Doubles final: Start time TBA
* Singles final: Start time TBA

How To Watch
Watch Live On Tennis TV 
TV Schedule

Venue: Buenos Aires Lawn Tennis
Main Court Seating: 4,800

Prize Money: US $329,550 (Total Financial Commitment: US $411,940) 

View Who Is Playing, Past Champions, Seeds, Points & Prize Money Breakdown

Honour Roll (Open Era)
Most Titles, Singles: David Ferrer (3)
Most Titles, Doubles: Horacio Zeballos (4)
Oldest Champion: David Ferrer, 31, in 2014
Youngest Champion: Casper Ruud, 21, in 2020
Highest-Ranked Champion: No. 2 Gustavo Kuerten in 2001
Lowest-Ranked Champion: No. 90 Nicolas Massu in 2002
Most Match Wins: Nicolas Almagro (29) 

2020 Finals
Singles: [8] Casper Ruud (NOR) d [LL] Pedro Sousa (POR) 61 64   Read & Watch
Doubles: [1] Marcel Granollers (ESP) / Horacio Zeballos (ARG) d Guillermo Duran (ARG) / Juan Ignacio Londero 6-4, 5-7, 18-16   Read More 

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Did You Know… From Carlos Moya‘s triumph in 2003 to Rafael Nadal‘s in 2015, Spaniards and Argentines (David Nalbandian, Juan Monaco, Gaston Gaudio, Guillermo Coria) shared 13 straight titles in Buenos Aires.