Holger Rune and Sebastian Baez receive wildcards for Buenos Aires
Danish rising star Holger Rune and Argentinian Sebastian Baez have joined Juan Martin del Potro as the recipients of the Buenos Aires wildcard, according to Michal Samulski.
ATP250 Buenos Aires Main Draw Wildcards
Juan Martin del Potro
Sebastian Baez (could release him with Special Exempt – plays in night session at Cordoba Open) – Michal Samulski (@MichalSamulski) February 4, 2022
Rune, 18, is set to make his second appearance on the clay courts in Buenos Aires.
Rune, who enjoys a career ranking of No. 97 in the world, made his debut at the event in Buenos Aires last year. Rune didn’t have an impressive debut in Buenos Aires, having lost in the first round to Albert Ramos-Vinolas.
Rune competed well against an experienced clay-court specialist, Ramos-Vinolas, but the Spaniard recovered from a set down to beat the Dane 2-6 6-4 6-3. On the other side, 21-year-old Baez is set to make his main draw debut in Buenos Aires.
Baez, who enjoys a career ranking of No. 77 in the world, tried to earn a main draw berth in Buenos Aires last year but failed in his bid. Last year, Baez beat Alejandro Tabilo in his first qualifying match in Buenos Aires, before losing to Jaume Munar in the final qualifying round.
Rune played in Cordoba this week
Rune played his first clay-court tournament of the season this week in Cordoba. Unfortunately for the Dane, he didn’t have a great week as he was beaten in the first round by Roberto Carballes Baena.
Carballes Baena, ranked 71st in the world, edged past Rune 6-2 6-4 in the first round in Cordoba. Carballes Baena saved a break point in game two of the game before earning the game’s first break in game three.
Carballes Baena claimed his second break in game seven and served for the opener of game seven. Rune lost her serve in the first game of the second set, but held off Carballes Baena in the following game.
However, it didn’t take long for Carballes Baena to smash Rune again as he broke the Dane in the third game. Carballes Baena claimed his fifth break of the match in game seven, but Rune earned a break in game eight.
However, Carballes Baena kept his focus as he served for the game in Game 10. It remains to be seen how far Rune can go in Buenos Aires.