Monte Carlo Masters 1000: Delbonis’s personal record and Schwartzman’s shout to the umpire before celebrating

The clay-court European tour of the ATP Tour kicked off in style in Monte Carlo, with the third Masters 1000 of the season (the first on slow surface). In the early hours of the week, Argentines Diego Schwartzmann (16°) and Frederic Delbonis (34th) were protagonists for their successful presentations in the Principality and, also, for some peripheral circumstances.

Azuleño Delbonis arrived in Montecarlo with a negative record in the current season: 6 wins and 10 losses. But the winner of the historic fifth point in the 2016 Davis Cup final against Croatia gave himself a great taste in his debut in Monte Carlo, defeating the always thorny Spaniard Jaume Munar (currently 105th, had surpassed the classification) by 6-4, 3-6 and 6-4, in two hours and 26 minutes. It was Delbonis’ 160th career win (187 losses).

At 31 years old, the victory in the Principality allows the left-handed Delbonis to reach, in the live ranking, his best historical position: 32nd. He was 33rd in the world in May 2016. This new record speaks highly of his validity (he has been a professional since 2007).

The next obstacle for Delbonis, trained by Mariano Hood since last year, will be, at least in the preliminary analysis, extremely complex: the German alexander zverev, second seeded in the contest and number 3 in the world. Zverev won the two matches he played against Delbonis, both in 2019: in the semifinals in Geneva and in the round of 8 in Hamburg.

Little Schwartzman, the best South American in the ranking, overcame a tough sporting and emotional battle in the second shift of the day at the Court des Princes in Monte Carlo. The Argentine debuted against the powerful Russian Karen Khachanov (24th), whom he ended up defeating 6-7 (5-7), 6-3, 6-3, in three hours and seven minutes.

The game had tense and changing moments. In one of them, Schwartzman lost his composure and, faced with a mistake by the experienced Italian umpire Manuel Messina, he reacted with a scream that echoed throughout the court. It was during the second game of the third set, with the porteño winning 1-0. The judge got down from his chair to check the score of Khachanov’s shot and marked it as good, but Schwartzman was convinced that it had been bad (the TV replay proved Peque right) and argued with the umpire, who He asked her not to scream like she had.

Beyond that awkward moment, Schwartzman continued to compete with a clear goal and gritted teeth until he scored a valuable win. He finished with an ace scored, five double faults and with the same percentage of first serves, of points won with the first serve and with the second (58% in the three items). He saved two of the six break chances the Muscovite generated for him and broke his rival seven times.

The next rival for the player trained by Juan Ignacio Chela and Alejandro Fabbri will be Hungarian Marton Fucsovics, 57th in the ranking, who beat South African Lloyd Harris in the first round. The record between Peque and the European is 1-1: the Argentine won in the first round of Roland Garros in five sets and in the third round of Wimbledon 2021 Fucsovics (former junior number 1) won.

Another Argentine who performed this Monday in Montecarlo was Sebastian Baez. The 21-year-old player, who had surpassed the classification of the tournament for the first time, showed high-level moments during the initial round of the main draw against the Spanish Pablo Carreño Busta (19th in the world), but ended up leaving the Principality when he fell for 6-4, 4-6 and 6-2, in 2h11m.

The Billinghurst-born player began the third set with a break in the service of the two-time US Open semifinalist and former Top Ten, but he could not hold it, he lowered the intensity and precision of his shots and Carreño Busta ended up prevailing over the end of the journey. For Báez it was just the third Masters 1000 of his short career in the elite (this year he also lost in the first round of Indian Wells and Miami).

the swiss Stan Wawrinka, former world number 3 and current 236th, made his first appearance on the ATP Tour in more than a year, since the Doha event last March, after two surgeries on his left foot. Although he had already performed a few days ago at the Marbella Challenger, he received an invitation to perform in the Principality, but his stay was very short: he fell in his debut against Kazakh Alexander Bublik (36th) by 3-6, 7-5 and 6-2.

At 37, the three-time Grand Slam champion is in a different period, trying to overcome the ordeal he experienced due to hospital admissions and lack of confidence. After losing to Bublik on Monte Carlo’s central court, he received a standing ovation from the same crowd that had seen him triumph there in 2014, after a memorable final against his compatriot Roger Federer.

“I didn’t expect to play the way I want to play anymore, so I knew it would be difficult. As I say, I think it was much better than I expected today. I’m happy with what I’ve done so far”, explained Wawrinka.