Thomas Etcheverry advanced to the ATP 250 Final in Houston this Sunday after beating the German 6-3, 6-4 Yannick Hanfmannemerged from the classification. Thus, from 21:00, the Argentine will be looking for the title on the Texan brick dust when he faces the local Frances Tiafoe, the absolute favorite, who has left the Dutch Gijs Brouwer by the wayside.
Etcheverry, born in La Plata and ranked 73rd in the ATP world rankings, reached the semifinals on Saturday after winning the round of 16 against Australian Max Purcell (86) 7-6 (7-5) and 6-1 and subsequently in the quarterfinals against the Chilean Cristian Garín (74) 6-1, 6-7 (2-7) and 6-3.
The 23-year-old from La Plata and finalist this year in the ATP 250 in Santiago de Chile, where he lost the definition against the local Nicolás Jarry, had beaten his Argentine colleague Juan Manuel Cerúndolo (119) last Tuesday in the opening round and then unleashed a storm of wind and rain in Houston that caused suspensions and cancellations of the matches of Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Hence this weekend’s match overload.
Tiafoe, 15th in world rankings and top seed for the title, easily dispatched Brouwer (123) 6-4, 6-1. The 25-year-old from Hyattsville needed just 58 minutes to leave the Dutchman on the road, who has never opposed him.
Tiafoe aspires to Houston, where he will play his sixth final on the circuit, for the second title in his career after the one conquered in Delray Beach (Florida, also in the United States) in 2018.
The Houston ATP 250, which pays out $718,245, has had four Argentine champions throughout its history: José Luis Clerc (1980 and 1981), Horacio De La Peña (1993), Juan Ignacio Chela (2010) and Juan Mónaco (2012) . ).
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