Francisco Cerúndolo had been chasing his first ATP Tour crown for some time and after persisting in his efforts, he found a reward for his work. This Sunday at the Nordea Open he lifted the trophy, after beating his compatriot Sebastián Báez in the final 7-6 (4), 6-2 in one hour and 49 minutes.
“It’s an incredible feeling,” Cerúndolo confessed at the trophy ceremony. “First of all, I want to congratulate Sebastián, not only for this week. You’ve been playing amazing since last year.”
“[Winning the title] means a lot. Since you are a child you imagine yourself playing in these tournaments and finals. When I lost in Buenos Aires I was sad, because I was at home and I lost badly, but I learned a lot from that.
I wore it today, and I think I played a great match, it was a great week.” The oldest of the Cerúndolo had been on the verge of the title last year in the final of the Argentina Open in Buenos Aires. So, also in a final entirely between Argentines (l.
to Diego Schwartzman), the balance did not fall on his side. That defeat came just a week after his little brother Juan Manuel was crowned at the Córdoba Open. Novak Djokovic has chosen to remain unvaccinated despite him having to miss out on several tournaments, including the Australian Open where he is a nine-time champion.
McEnroe reflects on Djokovic
Interviewed by our colleagues from Tennis365 on the occasion of the release of his documentary where he revealed in particular that he had an indecent proposal from Donald Trump to challenge Serena Williams, John McEnroe returned to Novak Djokovic’s very special season and especially to his unconventional mind.
“Novak didn’t get the credit he deserves, he has class. I don’t agree with his decision not to get vaccinated, but I respect her. He is one of the fittest men in the world and everything he puts into his body, he watches closely.
It’s unfortunate that he got to this situation where he was the victim of a train accident. A total debacle. To the point that he was kicked out of Australia, are you kidding me? The way it all unfolded was just awful, so I respect him even more for getting over those things.
He has to be the mentally strongest player I have ever seen on a tennis court. (Rafael) Nadal is a beast of effort, but Djokovic is incredible mentally. What he is able to manage and still succeed at this extraordinary level.”