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ATP Buenos Aires Reports. Final day: The best player won. Congrats for Almagro

Hi there!

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.

Quallies.
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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Thanks, looking forward to reports for the rest of the tournament.
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Thanks, fran70! I guess it's suitable to have the draws here

FIRST QUALIFYING ROUND

[1] Albert RAMOS-VINOLAS (ESP) vs Alessandro GIANNESSI (ITA) 6-3 6-2
Juan-Pablo VILLAR (ARG) vs Guillermo DURAN (ARG) 6-1 6-3
Ricardo HOCEVAR (BRA) vs Jorge AGUILAR (CHI) 7-6(6) 5-7 6-4
[5] Peter LUCZAK (AUS) vs Martin VASSALLO ARGUELLO (ARG) 3-6 7-5 6-4

[2] Daniel MUNOZ-DE LA NAVA (ESP) vs Marco TRUNGELLITI (ARG) 6-3 7-5
Giovanni LAPENTTI (ECU) vs Caio ZAMPIERI (BRA) 6-4 6-2
Facundo BAGNIS (ARG) vs Renzo OLIVO (ARG) 6-0 6-1
Pablo GALDON (ARG) vs [6] Adrian UNGUR (ROU) 6-2 7-5

[3] Diego JUNQUEIRA (ARG) vs Alejandro FABBRI (ARG) 6-0 6-2
Lionel NOVISKI (ARG) vs Guido ANDREOZZI (ARG) 6-4 6-4
David MARRERO (ESP) vs [WC] Juan Ignacio LONDERO (ARG) 6-2 6-4
[7] Ivan NAVARRO (ESP) vs [WC] Gonzalo TUR (ARG) 6-4 6-2

[4] Paul CAPDEVILLE (CHI) vs [WC] Facundo LUGONES (ARG) 6-4 6-0
[WC] Diego Sebastian SCHWARTZMAN (ARG) vs Andrea COLLARINI (USA) 6-1 6-1
Agustin VELOTTI (ARG) vs Facundo ARGUELLO (ARG) 6-3 4-6 6-0
[8] Juan Pablo BRZEZICKI (ARG) vs Juan-Pablo AMADO (ARG) 6-1 6-1


SECOND QUALIFYING ROUND

[1] Albert RAMOS-VINOLAS (ESP) vs Juan-Pablo VILLAR (ARG) 6-1 6-1
Ricardo HOCEVAR (BRA) vs [5] Peter LUCZAK (AUS) 6-4 7-6(4)

Giovanni LAPENTTI (ECU) vs [2] Daniel MUNOZ-DE LA NAVA (ESP) 6-2 1-6 7-6(6)
Pablo GALDON (ARG) vs Facundo BAGNIS (ARG) 1-6 7-6(4) 6-4

[3] Diego JUNQUEIRA (ARG) vs Lionel NOVISKI (ARG) 6-3 6-3
[7] Ivan NAVARRO (ESP) vs David MARRERO (ESP) 6-4 5-7 7-6(5)

[4] Paul CAPDEVILLE (CHI) vs [WC] Diego Sebastian SCHWARTZMAN (ARG) 6-1 6-4
[8] Juan Pablo BRZEZICKI (ARG) vs Agustin VELOTTI (ARG) 7-5 6-0

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Keep up the good work Fran.

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FINAL QUALIFYING ROUND

[1] Albert RAMOS-VINOLAS (ESP) vs Ricardo HOCEVAR (BRA) 6-4 6-2
Pablo GALDON (ARG) vs Giovanni LAPENTTI (ECU) 6-3 1-6 6-4
[7] Ivan NAVARRO (ESP) vs [3] Diego JUNQUEIRA (ARG) 7-6(3) 7-5
[8] Juan Pablo BRZEZICKI (ARG) vs [4] Paul CAPDEVILLE (CHI) 6-3 3-6 6-2

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Thanks a lot Fran, the way you describe the tournament is perfect and just make me want to come back. The atmosphere there is just awesome, it's great to be among true tennis fans.

Hope you have a good time during the week. Too bad Giovanni and Ricardo lost today and won't be in the main draw
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Buenos Aires ATP. Day one. QFR and 1st round. Allora Fabio Allora!

Today it was a shinny day in Buenos Aires. Inspite it`s summer time here the weather was nice with temperatures between 29 and 20 degrees. No clouds and no humid. A perfect day to play tennis.

I estimate that there were around five thousand people around the main and secondary courts during the day and night sessions, different stands and places to eat. Much more than I would had expected. I saw Jaite and I felt tempted to ask him if the tournament is going to be hold on hard courts next year, why Ferrer and Giraldo withdrew among many things that I would like to know. I miss those days of priviledge when holding a journalist card was enough to invade anyone with questions. But I am just a tennis fan on these days and believe me that is much better than to hold that card.

The main draw is quite good. Just a shame that Ferrer and Giraldo withdrew. Ferrer is a player that I admire and it`s a pleasure to see him playing but I was really looking forward to see Giraldo. I don`t understand why Bellucci didn`t come again either. But generally speaking the line up is pretty good for a ATP 250.

Some people mentioned on this forum that it would be a good idea to switch the surface of Buenos Aires to hard courts but just think on the fact that tournaments at this time of the year are being hold in USA and Europe on hard courts so the Latin American swing would have nothing different to offer and give some players a good reason to make such long trip. The fact that it is played on clay encourage many clay court players to come to this part of the world. Under my opinion I wouldn`t change it.

I arrived around midday and I was particularly interested on the following matches that I saw:

QFR. Ivan Navarro bt Diego Junqueira 7-6 7-5
I watched Ivan Navarro in the past in a memorable match in the USO against Taylor Dent and I was really looking forward to see him playing. He is pretty big and looks quite heavy too. The tactic to beat him on clay is more than clear: Good return of serves and move him around the court. But Junqueira was not in one of his best days, remained fighting with his own demons and definitely missed the tactic. Navarro has a good serve and likes to serve and volley as much as he can. Otherwise he serves and hit a winner on the next ball. His attacking game is good, decent volleys and good smash. Not the traditional Spanish style of playing but reminded me in many ways to Juan Balcells.
Navarro played much clever than Junqueira and that was the main reason he won that match.

QFR. Juan Pablo Brzezicki bt Paul Capdeville 6-3 3-6 6-2
On court two was playing Brzezicki with Capdeville. “The Polish” (el polaco as he is well known along the Argentine players on the tour) found more troubles than I would had expected but managed to keep his concentration to close the match 6-2 in the third set. Brzezicki is followed by a groupie of friends, family and other beasties when he plays in Argentina but I think that they go too far as they make too much noice and they were pretty rude with Capdeville at certain periods of the match, It was funny because even Navarro complained while he was playing on the next court.

Doubles. 1st round. Ferreiro-Sa bt Muñoz de la Nava – Souza 2-6 6-1 10-7
On the first set Ferreiro and Sa played horribly and made several mistakes of all kind of colours. And Souza, who is under my opinion a player with a huge talent, was the best player among the four players on the court. I had an eye on the next court and when I found that Gil won the first set 6-1 I left that match and move to the second court.

Singles. 1st round. Fabio Fognini bt Frederico Gil 1-6 6-2 6-2
When I arrived to the second court Gil was about to close the first set. Gil was doing nothing extraordinary but just put the ball in while Fabio made unnumbered unforced mistakes. But as the games on the 2nd set went by and Fabio was finding his rythm back he started to hit one winner after the other. He gained his confidence back and found no troubles to close it. The 3rd set looked like that Gil was going to get in control of the match again but he never found a way to control Fognini attacking game. Under my opinion Gil is not a bad player but I think he could have had more chances if he would had decided to attack Fognini. He never change the tactic along the whole match.
It was funny as an Italian man on his late 50ties spent the whole match screaming Allora Fabio, “something” coto “something” (which means something like he was eating him or something like) among other things in Italian that I didn`t understand. But at the end of the match Fabio waved his arms in direction of that strange man and looked really happy.
Under my opinion this was the best match of the day.

Doubles. 1st round. Cuevas- Marrero bt Berlocq – Schwank 1-6 7-6 10-5
I arrived there after the Argentines won 6-1 and the second set was about to start. They were in control of the match until the tie break where things changed dramatically since then. Since that tie break and the mini tie break of the 3rd set they played 22 points of which Schwank- Berlocq won just five. It`s quite difficult to win a match in that way...
It was an interesting match. It was the first time I`d seen Marrero in ages and he plays pretty well on doubles. I wouldn`t say it was a match of the Woodies against Edberg-Jarryd but it was a nice match though 
It was funny because as in Flushing Meadows the airport is so close in the border of the Buenos Aires Lawn Tennis Club there is a train line. And Berlocq complained about the train the whole time when things were not going well.

Just a shame that Kubot is not playing with Marach and that Mello- Soares decided to play in Memphis instead of Buenos Aires and Acapulco (they played before in Santiago and Costa do Sauipe). I think that the doubles line up is pretty weak.


Singles. 1st round. Tommy Robredo bt Machi Gonzalez 7-5 6-2

Robredo didn`t play his best match. He was making a lot of mistakes with his backhand as for some reason why his movement was not the right one. I don`t know if he is suffering some sort of pain on his arm or wrist but he was not making the movement correcty. Machi was playing well on the first set and he had his chances to break Robredo in the first set. But while serving at 5-6 he made three unforced mistakes which cost him to lose that first set. On the 2nd set Machi was not playing that high percentage of winners and lost it easily .

I was tired so I didn`t stay for Chela-Machado match.

I read on some info of the organization that semifinals and final are going to be televised for Latinamerica (Bandsports in Brazil and Meridiano in Venezuela), USA (?), Europe (they mentioned Televisa of Spain), Asia (J-Sport in Japan, PCCW in Hong Kong, Astro in Malaysia and Strahub in Singapour) ) and Middle East (Al Jazeera for 23 countries in Middle East).
Tomorrow is going to be a very long day as it starts quite early and I`m interested on the two night matches (Nalbandian with Starace and Dolgopolov with Acasuso)

I`m going to write tomorrow`s report on Wednesday morning as I`m going to arrive home quite late

I recorded some videos and I have some pics that I`m going to upload to a page in facebook. I will told you later if you would like to join it and see them

I hope you enjoy the report!

Cheers

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Re: Buenos Aires ATP. Day one. QFR and 1st round. Allora Fabio Allora!

lets meet up tomorrow. some other mtfers are going to be there fran. today i watched lapentti-galdon, capdeville-brzezicki, montanes-rrh, mayer-del bonis, robredo-machi and chela-machado

really nice matches. Mayer-Del bonis was pretty intense. So was Brzezicki-Capdeville. anyway pm me if you wanna meet up

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