Roland Garros 2024: Two Argentines through to the next round in first day of action

Báez and Cerúndolo won while Tirante, Cachín, and Riera were eliminated

Day one’s action at Roland Garros left a mixed bag of results for Argentine tennis stars, with wins for Sebastián Báez and Francisco Cerúndolo while Tiago Tirante, Pedro Cachín and Julia Riera bid farewell to the second Grand Slam of the year.

On Monday, top ranked Argentine Báez (20th ranked ATP singles) managed to eek out a win against Brazilian Gustavo Heide (174). He scraped by to a 4-6, 6-3, 6-1, 4-6 and 6-3 victory after three hours and 44 minutes of play. In a tense match where both players were wary, the Argentine’s nerve prevailed as he rallied from a broken serve back in the last set to wrap up a hard-fought win. He will next face Austrian Sebastian Ofner (45) on Wednesday, no earlier than 6 a.m. Argentina time.

Cerúndolo (27), on the other hand, had a much easier time against German Yannick Hanfman (85), winning 6-3, 6-3 and 6-4 in one hour and 58 minutes. Despite looking unhappy with his performance on the court, the Argentine dominated the game and gave his rival slim opportunities to get back in the game. On Wednesday, he’ll face Austrian Filip Misolic — who came through the qualy and rallied from two sets behind on his debut — no earlier than 6 a.m. Argentina time.

The good news for Argentines ended there. Pedro Cachín (108) fell 6-2, 6-3 and 6-1 to American Tommy Paul (14), while Julia Riera (115th WTA singles ranked) couldn’t win in her Roland Garros debut, falling to Romanian Irina Begu (127) by 6-2 and 6-2. On Sunday, Tiago Tirante battled in a five set marathon against Pedro Martínez (48) but lost 5-7, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 and 6-3 in four hours of play.

On Tuesday, Mariano Navone (31) will make his Parisian debut against Spanish former top ten Pablo Carreño Busta (1049). Federico Coria (71) will have a tough challenge, facing American Taylor Fritz (12).

In the women’s draw, Nadia Podoroska (59) — semifinalist in 2020 — will go up against two-time Grand Slam winner Victoria Azarenka (21), while Lourdes Carlé (82) will clash with Belgian Elise Mertens (25).


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