When I see a player for the first time, I can say if he has potential. When I see the same player a second time, I can usually say just how much potential he has. And I can tell without a doubt that the player I will introduce you to today is a future top 10. Furthermore, I’m not the only one who thinks so.
Hence, today, I will tell you more about young Argentine Facundo Arguello, who was playing his first round match at the Copa Topper today, in which he defeated his countryman Andrés Molteni in two sets of 7-5 and 6-1.
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A gigantic forehand, an enormous talent
The first time I saw Arguello play, what amazed me the most was the quality of his forehand. When you know that most Argentine players are known for their backhands, it comes in as quite an agreeable surprise. I’m not very versed in the technical description of a shot, but I can tell how he uses it to open up the court and then attack with the winner.
And that is not something that is given every player.
Furthermore, in a counter-puncher filled tennis world, the 19-year-old Cordoba native (yes, another one of the soon-to-be-famous “class of ’92”!) really stands out a lot, as he is first and foremost an attacker, which makes his game more prone to errors, but at the same time, extremely exciting to watch.
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Word of an expert
Just after the match against Molteni, I was expressing my admiration of Facu’s game on Twitter and that’s when I had the most interesting conversation with Argentine journalist Marcos Zugasti, who has known Arguello since he (Facu, not Marcos) was 12 years old. Zugasti, I have seen with time, knows tennis inside and out and he was kind enough to give me his opinion of Facu’s game:
“First of all, it’s just staggering how many quality clay court grinders are churned out by Argentina’s player-producing machinery. One of the last prospectus is, if not the best, Facundo Arguello. Native of Cordoba, fertile land of tennis players such as Agustín Calleri, Mariano Puerta or David Nalbandian, Facu has really come on strong in the last year and a half. A former #8 junior, Arguello won three Futures in 2011 in addition to his second Challenger final in Manta and he’s a Player to Watch, who’s expecting a breakout year in 2012. Tennis wise, his wristy and looping forehand is one of his principal weapon in his bombastic flow of blows, but what defines him best is the way he opens the court to generate spaces. After being off to Europe with not the best of results, he passed the test with the purpose to raise awareness on his game and now he’s ready to climb the mountain back stronger.
The Argentine tennis needs Arguello, and he has the sustenance to fulfill the good auguries that promise a bright future.”
We don’t hear that a lot of many a youngster, so that gives you an idea of just how talented Arguello is, if the videos didn’t.
With the future ahead
Coached by fellow Cordoban Marcelo Ingaramo, Arguello has a very bright future ahead of him. In the present, he is opening more eyes to his talent and you can see him play at the Copa Topper this week. In the second round of the Argentine Challenger, he will face the winner of the match opposing Joao Souza and Máximo González. Not an easy task against either for the 287th-ranked Arguello, but still a match that will be a must to watch, if only to enjoy watching this incredible young talent.
There is not much to be found about Facundo Arguello on his ATP player profile (yet), but here it is if you want to see for yourselves. 😉
Marcos Zugasti is Junior Editor of GRIP Tennis Magazine (www.revistaGRIP.com.ar) and, as he says, “an assiduous follower of the juniors and their development”. Otra vez, muchas gracias por tu ayuda y tu colaboración a este post, Marcos.
Finally, the photo and videos used for this post are from BA Tennis, always there for young talents and all that involves tennis.