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Etcheverry and Cerúndolo look for the second week in Paris

The Argentines face Casper Ruud and Tommy Paul, respectively, this Saturday

May 31, 2024

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Tomás Etcheverry seeks to surprise Casper Ruud in the Suzanne Lenglen.
By Staff

Reaching the second week of a Grand Slam event is usually a big carrot for many tennis players already accustomed to adding victories in the Majors and for that objective the Argentines Francisco Cerúndolo and Tomás Etcheverry, seeds No. 23 and 28, respectively, will go this Saturday .

Etcheverry seeks to build on his good feelings after being a finalist in Lyon: now he will face the Norwegian Casper Ruud, with whom he has a 0-2 record, and will seek a kind of revenge, against a rival with a long history in Paris, where he was a finalist twice. The Argentine will have to impose his power to set the tone from the back of the field.

For Etcheverry, going out to play every match at Roland Garros is a reward and a challenge at the same time. Paris was where he reached the quarterfinals last year and he has the goal of defending a valuable amount of points (360), but motivation also grows when he is playing the tournament of his dreams. In fact, every time the Argentine enters the court, his lifelong dog, whom he named Roland Garros in honor of his favorite tournament, cheers him on at home with his father Fernando. Now, he will be closing the day again on the Suzanne Lenglen court to try to surprise the No. 7 seed.

“Playing for Suzanne Lenglen is special for me. Since I was a child I have dreamed of playing these types of tournaments in these stadiums, which is why it is a huge joy. The court is super slow unlike last year when it was faster, so I will have to adapt,” commented the man from La Plata, before facing the last finalist in Paris.

Before, Cerúndolo will try to get a new ticket to the round of 16 against a solid rival like the American Tommy Paul, seed No. 14, in the third round of court No. 14. The Argentine leads the Lexus ATP Head2Head by 3-2 , with the last precedent in the ATP Masters 1000 in Madrid.

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“The five games we had were very tough, all battles. He has been playing well, with confidence, and it is going to be very tough,” commented the Argentine, before the duel on the first weekend of the French Major.

Meanwhile, PIF ATP Rankings No. 1 Novak Djokovic will play the third round of the tournament on Saturday against No. 30 seed Lorenzo Musetti, a rival well known to the reigning champion. The Serbian has good memories in Paris against the Italian, whom he overcame two races in the Philippe Chatrier on the way to the title in the 2021 season.

In addition, the favorites Zverev (4th), Medvedev (5th), De Minaur (12th) and Rune (13th) will seek to continue advancing in Paris.

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