Until last week, Guido Andreozzi’s singles record included five Futures titles (the most recent won two weeks ago in Resistencia, Argentina, when he defeated Andrés Molteni in the finals). Ranked 333rd, he made his way to Lima, Peru, where he took part in the tournament where he would end up causing a big surprise.
From the quarter-finals onwards, he defeated Éric Prodon and Guido Pella, before having the better of Facundo Argüello 6-3 6-7(6) 6-2 in the finals, thus winning his first career Challenger Tour title, which made him jump 120 places in the World’s rankings.
After his win in Peru, Andreozzi, a 20-year-old from Buenos Aires, went to Bogotá, Colombia, where the hazard of the draw made him face the no 1 seed and defending champion, World no 29 Feliciano López, a nearly impossible task for someone his ranking, coming into his fourth consecutive tournament.
Guido Andreozzi, in the end, accomplished the impossible.
Playing the best we’ve ever seen him play, the young Argentine took advantage of most of the chances offered him by veteran López, and even though he tightened and was broken both when he served out the first set and the match, he never gave up and ended up the victor, in straights sets, 7-6(4) 6-4.
Needless to say that this is the biggest upset of Andreozzi’s young career.
After the match, Andreozzi was obviously a happy man:
“I’m very happy. It is, without a doubt, the best win of my career. I could play a great match today, I came full of confidence and I caused the surprise.”
López, for his part, blamed the altitude (something Andreozzi recognized as well, although we can only say that these conditions are there for both players), and a lingering injury to explain his defeat. A word about his victor? None.
I admit this leaves me with a bitter taste as far as Feli is concerned.
Who is Guido Andreozzi?
After the match, many wondered who Guido Andreozzi is, if he has future, if this was only a one-shot deal, and so on.
I will start with that: Guido Andreozzi is a very bright Argentine prospect. At 20 (he will turn 21 on the 5th of August), the Argentine is, of course, not wont to be consistent just yet or near pulling this kind of upset every day either. However, this win against the Spaniard yesterday was the continuation of a start, so to say.
How is Andreozzi’s game? To this, I will quote my friend and colleague Marcos Zugasti, Junior Editor of GRIP Tennis Magazine, a reference in all that involves Juniors’ tennis, and who has followed Andreozzi’s development for many years. In BATennis‘s weekly Internet program, he described Andreozzi’s game and evolution (from 3:03 until 4:05, translation below):
“We could see this coming for a while from Andreozzi. Why? Because he has all the shots. He has a good forehand, that he hits with strength, same as his backhand. He also has a very powerful serve. He has all the shots. With time, he’s learned to use them, to be calmer and, I think, more mature. With a couple more years, as he’s still very young, so with a bit more experience, he will start to bring out the best of his game. He’s a player who can still continue growing and aspire to really be an ATP player because he has everything to bring himself to this level. For me, it’s a matter of time until he gives us joys and continues to climb up on the Tour.”
Guido Andreozzi is currently coached by Mariano Monachesi and Mariano Hood, the same team who was working with Leonardo Mayer (ranked no 62) until a few months ago.
In Bogotá, tomorrow, Andreozzi will face Brazilian Marcelo Demoliner in the second round. Last week, en route to his title in Lima, the Argentine had defeated him, also in the second round, 6-2 6-4. It’s not to say he will defeat him again, but no matter what happens from now on, we can only, if we weren’t already, keep an eye on him and watch his progress and evolution.