The three Argentine tennis players who remain in the individual classification of Roland Garros face complicated commitments this Saturday to try to reach the round of 16 of the Parisian Grand Slam.
After Diego Schwartzman’s defeat against world number five Stefanos Tsitsipas this Saturday, the hopes of the Argentine army are reduced to Francisco Cerúndolo, Genaro Olivieri and Tomás Etcheverry.
And, in all three cases, it will be difficult matches against rivals who are above them in the ATP rankings.
Cerúndulo, the best-placed Argentine in the world rankings (23rd place), will face the American Taylor Fritz (seeded number 8), in a hitherto unprecedented match (9:30 am Argentine time).
It could be even more difficult for Olivieri, number 231 in the ATP and one of the three tennis players who came out of the qualifying phase, who will face the Danish Holger Rune (seeded number six), in the first duel between them.
Despite the huge difference in the standings, Olivieri, who is in a cloud after qualifying and passing the first two rounds, yesterday showed the press his belief that “I can do it”, although he acknowledged that it will be “very difficult”. and that he will have to “play very well”.
He also acknowledged that he will have to control his emotions, which he believes “will be very difficult to control”, as it is the first time he has reached such a high level in a major tournament.
As for Etcheverry, he will face the Croatian Borna Coric in the second round, seeded number 15 and winner of another Argentine, Pedro Cachín.
Coric reminded the press that the Argentine beat him “very, very easily” last year at the tournament in Perugia and that this year “he’s playing very well”.
Argentina was the nation that placed the most players in the third round of the men’s draw at this edition of Roland Garros, but the chances of continuing in the competition will be decided in these three duels.
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