Thiago Monteiro will take on Roberto Carballes Baena & Federico Delbonis will be up against Juan Martin Cerundolo in two of the first round matches to be played at the 2021 Argentina Open on Monday or Tuesday. Get the live streaming options along the predictions, preview and head to head for these matches along with Gianluca Mager v Salvatore Caruso and Dominik Koepfer v Thiago Tirante.
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Thiago Monteiro v Roberto Carballes Baena Preview
The world number 74 Monteiro will take on Spain’s Baena who is ranked 96th in the world in the first round of the Buenos Aires Open. Overall, this will be their sixth meeting and the third at the ATP level with three others played at the Challengers.
Monteiro has won ever single time, including as recently as earlier this week when they faced off in Cordoba where the Brazilian came through and made it to the quarterfinals by beating Baena 6-3, 6-4.
Speaking of which, Monteiro was knocked out in the last eight in Cordoba, but that was enough to keep him at 74th in the world, his career-best ranking.
On the other hand, Baena’s career-best has been 72nd but currently he has slid down 24 places and enters this tournament on the back of a 2-3 win-loss record. A first round defeat the Great Ocean Road just prior to the Australian Open was followed by a second round defeat in the year’s first Grand Slam.
And then following a win over Joao Sousa, he was bundled out in straight sets by Monteiro, which means it should come as no big surprise to see him a rank outside coming into this encounter.
Monteiro v Baena Tip
Monteiro to win: 2/5 (bet365)
Federico Delbonis v Juan Martin Cerundolo Preview
Argentinians Federico Delbonis and Cerundolo will go head to head in a first round encounter in Buenos Aires, in a match that could be played on Tuesday given the latter will be featuring in the final of the Cordoba Open.
That’s correct, the 335th-ranked Cerundolo will enter the new week having improved more than 100 spots at the very least, even if he loses in the final of the tournament. And for a 19-year-old playing in his debut ATP tournament, that is brilliant going.
Delbonis, incidentally, had beaten Cerundolo in their previous meeting which came on the Challenger circuit, also on the clay courts of the Montevideo Challenger. But that was way back in 2019 when Cerundolo was just 17 and things have turned around drastically since.
So while Delbonis, who was himself sent packing in the second round of the Cordoba Open last week, will start a favourite at 1/3 to win this, we reckon Cerundolo has a good chance of pushing his fellow countryman in this opener.
Delbonis v Cerundolo Tip
Cerundolo to win a set – Yes: 1/1 (bet365)
Gianluca Mager v Salvatore Caruso Preview
While the 77th-ranked Salvatore Caruso has never played the world number 99 Gianluca Mager in an ATP match before this, they have met a whopping eight times at all competitive levels. This includes five matches at the Challengers, two on the Futures circuit and then at a Rome pre-qualification competition.
Salvatore leads 5-3 on head to head in those matches, but Mager did win in their latest meeting that came on clay in 2019.
More recently, Mager is coming off a torrid run. After having reached the quarterfinal at the Delray Beach Open, he has lost four matches in a row including one in the first round at Cordoba to Francisco Cerundolo.
As opposed to that, Caruso also likes playing on clay with all seven of his Challenger and Futures titles having come on that surface but he didn’t play in Cordoba, having made the third round of the Great Ocean Road Open and second round of the Australian Open.
Can he get his bearings right on clay?
Mager v Caruso Tip
Caruso to win: 8/11 (bet365)
Dominik Koepfer v Thiago Tirante Preview
The world number 71 Dominik Koepfer has a good chance to put his Cordoba Open opening loss behind him when he takes on the 383rd-ranked Thiago Tirante in his opening match in Buenos Aires. The inexperiences Tirante will hope to emulate what Cerudolo did last week but more realistically will hope he can deliver a decent performance.
After all, he has been playing at the lower circuits all this while and the 19-year-old has a career-best ranking of 376th in the world.
Earlier this year, local lad Tirante had failed to make it beyond the first round of the Concepcion Challenger, and had then lost in the qualifiers of the Cordoba Open.
On the other hand, the more experienced Koepfer has won just one match all season, having played in three tournaments so far. A first round loss at the Great Ocean Road Open and then another opening defeat at Cordoba mean he enters this match low on confidence.
Can the 19-year-old take advantage of that though?
Koepfer v Tirante Tip
Three sets in the match: 6/4 (bet365)