ATP Buenos Aires Reports. Final day: The best player won. Congrats for Almagro
I`m going to be attending the tournament of Buenos Aires the whole week long. I guess that I will be posting everyday my experience on there and I hope you enjoy them
Quallies 1st round. Saturday 12th.
Usually I enjoyed to go and see the quallies of tournaments as there I can see some good projects and sometimes some interesting players too. On past years I had been able to see in this ATP Buenos Aires some players on quallies like Nicolas Lappenti, Gaudenzi, Ramirez Hidalgo, Markus Hipfl, Paco Clavet, Mathieu, Robredo, Felix Mantilla, Acasuso, Bruguera, Horna, Portas, Fognini, Cuevas, Almagro, Garcia Lopez, Schwank, Feliciano Lopez, Bellucci, Tipsarevic, Luczak,Volandri, Ivo Minar, Zeballos, among others .Some of them managed to do it better than others on their careers but it`s always interesting to see some new players that traditionally are not so easy to see on the tour.
Traditionally people like to follow quallies too and they bring their colour to the tournament aswell. People are really entusiastic here and are literate about tennis as I haven`t seen that much even on some Grand Slams around the world. They like to follow the tournament and used to fulfill the stadiums in former years where the regular attendance was higher to 60.000 the whole week. For an ATP 250 is more than good.
Unfortunately the organization of the tournament have rised much more the cost of tickets on the past years which tended to decreased the number of public attending it.
The tournament itself is more than ok. On previous years many Argentine players that used to do it well on the tour played here on their best days like Coria, Gaudio, Nalbandian, Chela, Calleri, Puerta, Monaco, Squillari. Many players of the Spanish Armada came here too (read Nadal, Moya, Corretja, Albert Costa, Sergi Bruguera, Alberto Martin, Felix Mantilla, Ferrer, Ferrero, Verdasco, Robredo, Almagro, Montanes). There were other players that are/were good on the tour and played here too like former Nª1 Guga Kuerten, Marcelo Rios and Magnus Norman and other top players like Gasquet, Mathieu, Andreev, Hanescu, Massu, Nicolas Lapentti, Alberto Martin, Del Potro, Fernando Gonzalez, Youness El Aynaoui, Hicham Arazi, .
Under my opinion with a good marketing job and with the right investments this could be easily an ATP 500.
I attended the 1st round of quallies yesterday and I was just interested on following two matches:
Agustin Velotti bt Facundo Arguello 6-3 4-6 6-0.
Two of the Argentine juniors that have a big future on the tour. Velotti is pretty much like a raw version of Ferrero. His serve is ok, good forehand and a nice two handed backhand. He reads the game well and plays strategically quite good too. Under my opinion he needs to increase more power to his shots and work on his muscles. He needs to spend more time on the future events as it`ss more than obvious that he lacks of experience. But he is a very good project on clay. Not sure about his potential on hard courts.
Facundo Arguello has a different sort of game. He has a good serve, he is really good when he is in control of the ball as he attacks the ball really well, good forehand and his backhand and net game are ok. But he is too unstable yet. By far the best project among the Argentines that are around with less than 20 years old. If he can find that stability I can say that he is ready to jump to the Challenger tour.
Diego Schwartzman bt Andrea Collarini 6-1 6-1.
Schwartzman looks like a new version of Ollie Rochus. He is not higher than 1.70, small and really thin. He is 18 years old but looks like a 15 years old boy. You wouldn`t pay a single penny when you look at him but he is a great counterpouncher, reads the game really well, is really fast and seems to be mentally strong. That was the first time I have seen him playing and I would like to see him quite more often in the future to give a full opinion apart of following his results.
On the contrary Collarini has a powerful serve and groundstrokes. He has a big forehand and nice backhand. He still needs to work a lot on strategies and on his attacking game. But of these four players I think that Collarini and Arguello are the ones that have better tecnical conditions. Collarini wasn`t definitely on his best day and Schwartzman took advantage of that. According to what I saw Collarini needs to spend more time on Future events and I`m not sure about Schwartzman potential yet.
I didn`t attend today Sundays quallies but I will be writing a daily report of the tournament.
I hope you enjoyed it!
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Last edited by fran70; 02-21-2011 at 12:21 AM.