Indian Wells, day 3: Casper Ruud and Alexander Zverev, two obstacles to Diego Schwartzman and Pedro Cachín

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The Argentine diego schwartzmann today he will face the Norwegian Casper Ruud4 in the world, while his compatriot Pedro Cachin will be measured with German Alexander Zverev (14th), for the second round of Indian Wellsthe first tournament of the series Masters 1000 of the year, which is played in the Californian desert of the United States.

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small Schwartzman, 38th in ATP world rankings, appeared last Wednesday in Indian Wells with a win over Rosario Frederick Coria (64th) with a sensational 6-1 and 6-2 and not before 16:00 (Argentina time) will play with Ruud, Seeded third for the title who had the opening round vacant.

The 30-year-old Argentinian has a favorable register on Ruud of five wins and three losses. He was defeated by Australia, Rio de Janeiro and Hamburg 2018, in Cincinnati 2020 and in the 2021 edition of Indian Wells, while the Norwegian prevailed in Monte Carlo and Cincinnati 2021 and in the final of the Argentina Open 2022. The winner will play in the next round against the Japanese Yoshihito Nishioka (34th) or the Chilean Christian Garin (97th).

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Pedro Cachín arrives after taking his first win at a Masters 1000. Photo: Juano Tesone

Pedro Cachín arrives after taking his first win at a Masters 1000. Photo: Juano Tesone

For his part, Cachín (66th) achieved the first victory of his career in a Masters 1000 also beating the Georgian on Wednesday Nikoloz Basilashvili (118th) for 7-5 and 6-3. Bell Ville’s Cordovan will play, not before 8 pm, against Zverev (14th), with whom he has never met in his career. The winner of this duel will meet in the next instance with the Spaniards Robert Baptist Agut (27th) or with Finnish Emil Ruusuvuori (59th).

The big favorite for the title in the men’s draw is the Spanish Carlos Alcaraz (2nd), champion at the Argentina Open last month, while among women the top seed is Poland Iga Swiatek (1st), who defends the title conquered in 2022, and her rival to beat will be the Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka (2nd), this year’s Australian Open winner.

As for the Argentines, another successful debut was the Bahian Guido Pelle and this Saturday they will make their presentation Francis Cerundolo AND Sebastian Baezboth barred from the opening round.

Francisco Cerúndolo will debut on Saturday in the Californian desert.

Francisco Cerúndolo will debut on Saturday in the Californian desert.

Pella (739th) beat the Brazilian in the opening round Thiago Monteiro (78th) and his next rival will be the Dutchman Tallon Griekspoor (36th), also released in the first round.

The best Argentinian in the standings, Francis Cerundolo (32nd), will make his debut in the second round against the American server Jack Sock (154th), while Báez from Buenos Aires (35th), this year’s champion at the Córdoba Open, will do so against the Australian Rinky Hijikata (130°), resulting from the classification.

The contest has had only one Argentine champion in history, the man from Tandil Juan Martin del Potrowho lifted the trophy in the 2018 edition. On that occasion, the giant from Tandil defeated the legendary Swiss Roger Federerfrom which he took the unbeaten record of the first 18 games of the year after defeating him in the final 6-4, 6-7 (8-10) and 7-6 (7-2).

Source: Clarin

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