'Rafael Nadal is one of the favorite players for...', says former ATP ace



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'Rafael Nadal is one of the favorite players for...', says former ATP ace

Since its appearance in 2019, the Córdoba Open had maintained a constant presence of the Argentines in the singles final. The fourth edition will mark an exception to the rule, since Diego Schwartzman (14th in the ATP ranking) and Juan Ignacio Londero (139th) fell to the Chilean Alejandro Tabilo (144th) and the Spanish Albert Ramos-Viñolas (44th), respectively, in the semifinals of the contest that opens the South American tour on clay.

With crowded stands, Londero tried to extend a brilliant campaign in a competition that had seen him as champion in 2019. However, Ramos-Viñolas imposed conditions from his usual solvency at the back of the court and accompanied him regularly in the first serve.

As against Lorenzo Sonego in the quarterfinals, he overcame a deficit in the first set tiebreak and, motivated by that clean and jerk, took the win in straight sets. The final score of 7-6 (4) and 6-4 will allow him to be the first tennis player to play the Córdoba Open definition in consecutive years.

In addition, he is the highest match winner in the competition with eleven. Ramos-Viñolas accumulates three ATP titles in ten disputed finals. The last one was at the Estoril 2021 event, when he came from behind against the British Cameron Norrie.

In the last edition of the Córdoba Open he fell in three sets against the Argentine Juan Manuel Cerúndolo, who enjoyed an unexpected consecration in his first main draw of the circuit. Diego Schwartzman (14th in the ATP ranking) fell to the Chilean Alejandro Tabilo (144th) in the first match of the Córdoba Open 2022 semifinals.

Rafael Nadal won his 21st Grand Slam title at the Australian Open after battling past Daniil Medvedev in the final.

Moya opens up on Rafa Nadal

Rafael Nadal's coach Carlos Moya believes the Spaniard will add more Grand Slams to his tally following his historic Australian Open triumph on Sunday.

"I think it's not the last Grand Slam I'm going to see him win. I'm very aware of who Rafa is and what he's done in the history of tennis. It's very difficult for another to win, but it's Rafa Nadal I won't get tired of say it.

He is one of the favorite players for every tournament he can play," said Moya. "With Rafa Nadal I never give up anything, nor do I think that we are going to a tournament and he has no chance of winning... There were many things that made you see that it was going to be difficult.

But the player who was with us was Rafa Nadal, and you can't give up anything. One always has the hope that being with Rafa everything can happen," added the coach.