Whilst back at home we sit through the wind and rain Storm Dennis has brought us over in Buenos Aires, Argentina a light wind and 29 degree heat was served as was an afternoon of good tennis down in South America.
Fans would only be treated to one match as top seed and home favourite Diego Schwartzman has sadly picked up his first injury despite being 26 and will not be back until Indian Wells.
The home hopes weren’t squandered just yet as the impressive and relentless baseliner Juan Ignacio Londero was in action against the eigth seed Casper Ruud.
The Norwegian and the Argentinian played a good match in Londero’s home. It was the home play who got off to the better start, he seemed a bit more comfortable and was hitting his groundstrokes cleaner.
In the early proceedings I did worry for Ruud’s backhand, we saw a few times the Argentine target that area of the 8th seeds game. He tried to stay in touch but did go down the early break following repeating penetration of that backhand. Ruud did try to slice to keep himself in rallies it wasn’t enough early on.
He fell down that break of serve and found it tough to create chances. This was a similar story in the second set as the Norwegian found himself down an early break once again but with Londero up 6-4 5-3 something clicked for Casper.
He grew into that second set really well at the end, the forehand was sharper but also when he was called upon his backhand he hit it lower making it difficult for Londero to bounce on.
3-5 turned to 7-5 as Ruud forced a third set where he took early control as well. Having held he then found himself up 40-0 on the Argentine’s service game. There was a break in play as two people in separate parts of the crowd fell ill, credit to Casper Ruud who ran to get water from the fridge to be passed to the spectators who fell ill.
During the delay the camera panned on Londero who was looking to his box, pointed at his legs and shook his head, he was done here.
He remained competitive throughout the match and went for it, he saved two of those break points but the third Ruud served and raced to win 6-1 to progress to the final against Joao Sousa tomorrow.