The inaugural Cordoba Open took place in February, replacing cancelled ATP 250 event in Quito that had to go down due to lack of financial support. Thus, the Lawn Tenis Club Cordoba hosted the first ATP tournament on clay in 2019, gathering a nice field led by Fabio Fognini, Marco Cecchinato, Diego Schwartzman and Pablo Carreno Busta.
As it turned out, three out of those four top seeds had failed to reach the quarters, with Aljaz Bedene, Jaume Munar, Pedro Cachin, Pablo Cuevas, Guido Pella, Federico Delbonis and Juan Ignacio Londero joining Schwartzman in the last eight.
There, Pella ousted Schwartzman in straight sets to reach the semis together with other South American players, with him and Juan Ignacio Londero advancing into the title clash in front of the home fans. In the end, world no.
112 Londero ousted Pella in three sets to claim the first ATP title and become the inaugural champion. The second edition of the Cordoba Open will take place in the first week of February 2020 and the organizers have confirmed the first big name that will fight for the title, with Diego Schwartzman making the second appearance at the home ATP 250 event.
Diego will try to go further than last February when Pella toppled him in the quarters, seeking the third ATP crown on clay after conquering Istanbul 2016 and Rio de Janeiro 2018. Schwartzman has won 39 matches on the Tour so far, playing in the final in Buenos Aires and the semi-final in Rome before lifting the trophy in Los Cabos for his first success on hard.
The Argentine was the quarter-finalist at the US Open and the finalist in Vienna, playing on a high note on the most common surface and hoping to revive his clay-court magic during the South American swing in two and a half months.