The Wednesday action at the inaugural Cordoba Open has brought just two second-round matches and the crowd will have the opportunity to watch at least two Argentinian players in the quarter-final on Friday. The world no. 112 Juan Ignacio Londero had no ATP wins before this week and he will now play in the last eight after a 7-5, 6-3 triumph over Lorenzo Sonego in an hour and 40 minutes.
It was a great chance for two players ranked outside the top-100 and it was Londero who delivered better tennis in the crucial moments, fending off all five break points and stealing the Italian's serve once in each set to book the place in the quarters and continue the winning streak.
Lorenzo could move in front at the start of the match, creating four break points in games one and three (it saw ten deuces) but wasting them all, allowing Juan Ignacio to settle into a fine rhythm and serve well in the rest of the set.
Returning at 6-5, Londero broke at love with a return winner to take the opener and gain a massive boost before set number two. There, he moved ahead with a break in game six thanks to a deep return, saving a break point in the next game to cement the lead and crossing the finish line with a hold at love in game nine for a huge celebration.
Just like Londero, Padro Cachin had no opportunity to smell the taste of ATP win so far but he grabbed already the second this week when the 4th seed Pablo Carreno Busta had to retire due to a shoulder injury while leading 7-6, 0-1.
A qualifier ranked 280th stayed on the same level as the top-25 player all the time, saving three out of four break points and stealing rival'serve twice before Pablo was forced to quit. The opening set lasted for an hour and it was the Spaniard who moved ahead already in the opening game thanks to a smash winner.
He saved two break points in game six and served for the set at 5-4 when he started to struggle, getting broken at 15 after a forehand winner from Cachin who fends off three break points in the following game to move ahead.
Carreno Busta had to dig deep in game 12 to reach the tie break, saving four set points and making one last push in the tie break to win it 7-3 with a forehand winner. Pedro broke at the start of the second set after a double fault from Carreno Busta who decided to retire due to a pain in the right hand, not wanting to risk anything before the rest of the South American swing and Indian Wells.