If Sunday, at the Copa Claro, marked the last match of Juan Pablo Brzezicki’s career, Monday was just as special for another Argentine player, but on the reverse side, as Facundo Bagnis won his first career ATP match, a 5-7 6-4 6-2 win over another talented young Argentine, Lenoardo Mayer.
The 21-year-old, who will turn 22 just next week (February 27), overcame a one-set deficit to pass the more experienced Mayer, with a lot of emotion, as he logged this first career triumph in front of his family and friends. After the match, his voice cracking with emotion, he expressed how much it meant to him to win his first ATP match in front of his loved ones, in his home country.
A solid lefty, Bagnis played mostly on the Challenger Tour last season and was the sparring of Team Argentina in last year’s Davis Cup final in Seville. This first career win likely means that Bagnis will play against someone he really admires in Round 2, World no 5 David Ferrer, on BALTC’s Centre Court.
For the moment, however, I prefer congratulating Bagnis for this great moment he lived last night than think of the upcoming match. ¡Felicitaciones, Facu! Le mereces y disfturate mucho contra Ferrer.
Good start for the favourites
Kei Nishikori and Stanislas Wawrinka both started their tournament on Monday night and if both had their wobbly moments, they played strong tennis when it mattered to access the next round, Nishikori overcoming 2010 Copa Claro champion Juan Carlos Ferrero 7-5 3-6 6-2, and Wawrinka coming back from a break down in the first set to then cruise to a 6-3 6-4 win over Horacio Zeballos.
In Round 2, Nishikori will face Victor Hanescu, who defeated Pablo Andújar 6-3 4-6 7-6(4). As for Wawrinka, he will face the winner of the match I am shortly heading to, opposing Qualifier Javier Marti to one of Wawrinka’s good buddies, Frenchman Benoit Paire.