Peque makes his presentation to the Serbian in the contest that brings together the eight best tennis players of the season. Horacio Zeballos will play in the doubles table
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Diego Schwartzman faces Novak Djokovic (EFE / EPA / IAN LANGSDON / File)
The ATP Finals begins its second day of activity this Monday and the attention of all Argentine fans will be on the debut of its two representatives. Diego Schwartzman (9th) will make his presentation in the singles table against Serbian Novak Djokovic , while Horacio Zeballos will play in the doubles category in pairs with Spanish Marcel Granollers.
The Peque, in its first appearance in the Masters Tournament, will play its first match in the framework of the Group Tokyo 1970, (named for being the year in which the contest that brings together the most outstanding tennis players of the season) against the most difficult opponent that could have touched him: the world ranking leader. Against Nole, the Villa Crespo native has a negative record of five losses and no wins. The meeting will begin no earlier than 11 am and will be broadcast on ESPN .
In this way, at 28 years old he will become the 8th Argentine to play the end-of-year Masters in singles mode after what was done by Guillermo Vilas , José Luis Clerc , Juan Martín del Potro , David Nalbandian , Guillermo Coria , Gastón Gaudio and Mariano Puerta .
“It is an impressive tournament, which is a shame that people, my family and others who would love to be here have to miss it. That causes me a crossroads of different sensations, I enjoy it, but I notice that something is missing from the tournament , “Schwartzman told Infobae a few days ago .
While, in doubles, the Mar del Plata Zeballos, in a duo with Granollers, will face the pair made up of Australians John Peers and Michael Venus within the Bob Bryan Group . The game will start at 9 in the morning.
The 35-year-old born in Mar del Plata is currently the third best doubles player in the world, although they came to the tournament as the fourth best couple of 2020. Together, this year they added three titles in the category, highlighting what was done at the Masters 1000 in Rome . Cebolla will try to make history by becoming the first South American in history to conquer this outstanding event.
Argentina will once again have a representative in the doubles table for the first time in 16 years , since the last Albiceleste flag that flew in this specialty was in the hands of Gastón Etlis and Martín Rodríguez in 2004.
Marcel Granollers and Horacio Zeballos. (EFE / EPA / Clive Brunskill / File)
Day 1 review:
The opening of the tournament was with the victory of the Austrian Dominic Thiem 7-6, 4-6 and 6-3 against the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas , who was crowned in this end-of-year Masters in the 2019 edition. Later, the Spanish Rafael Nadal won 6-3, 6-4 against Russian Andrey Rublev. Both crosses occurred within the framework of the Group called London 2020.
Meanwhile, in doubles, the duo made up of the Dutch Wesley Koolhof and the Croatian Nikola Mektić beat the Germans Kevin Krawietz and Andreas Mies 6-7, 7-6 and 10-7. In the other match in pairs of the day, the pair of the North American Rajeev Ram and the British Joe Salisbury beat the Polish Lukasz Kubot and the Brazilian Marcelo Melo 7-5, 3-6 and 10-5 .
This contest is largely absent from the Swiss Roger Federer , who decided in June to undergo surgery on his right knee with the intention of restarting the action only in 2020. This loss allowed Peque Schwartzman to get his ticket to the ATP Finals after being 9th in the ranking .
THE SINGLES GROUPS
• TOKYO 1970 : Diego Schwartzman, Novak Djokovic, Alexander Zverev and Daniil Medvedev
• LONDON 2020 : Rafael Nadal, Dominic Thiem, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Andrey Rublev
THE DOUBLE GROUPS
• BOB BRYAN : Marcel Granollers and Horacio Zeballos / Mate Pavic and Bruno Soares / John Peers and Michael Venus and Jurgen Melzer / Edouard Roger-Vasselin
• MIKE BRYAN : Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury / Kevin Krawietz and Andreas Mies / Wesley Koolhof and Nikola Mektic / Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo