Sebastián Báez has made a strong start to his participation in the Open Parc Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Lyon, beating his compatriot Tomás Martín Etcheverry 6-2, 6-1 after one hour and 31 minutes of play. The Argentine has signed one of the most convincing triumphs of the day to present his endorsement on the Gallic brick dust.
Sebastián Gutiérrez’s pupil has before him the possibility of continuing to confirm his figure in the upper part of the circuit. Báez is relying on himself to reach the Top 30 of the Pepperstone ATP Rankings for the first time this week, a rank that he would cross from next Monday if he wins the cup in eastern France.
Báez has been one of the players with the most recent progress on the circuit, consolidating himself among the main young players in the locker room. The 21-year-old Argentine has risen from No. 99 to No. 38 in the Pepperstone ATP Rankings in 2022, climbing more than 60 positions in the first five months of the season.
You May Also Like: Seba Gutierrez: A Human Guide To Baez
After closing out the 2021 season by participating in the Intesa Sanpaolo Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan, where he made it out of the group stage and emerged as one of the most prominent candidates, Báez has maintained a growing strength on the tour.
In the 2022 season, where he accumulates a respectable balance of 17-12, the unprecedented merits are multiplied in the hands of the Argentine. Among other achievements, Sebastián has achieved his first victory in the final draws of the Grand Slam (Australian Open) and Masters 1000 (Rome), his first final (Santiago) and his first ATP Tour crown (Estoril), strongly pushing his limits in costumes.
With the option of signing a powerful week before competing at Roland Garros, Báez will play the round of 16 in Lyon in an unprecedented duel against German Oscar Otte, winner 6-3, 6-1 over local wildcard Lucas Pouille.
In other matches of the day in Lyon, Frenchman Ugo Humbert (6-3, 6-4 against Gregoire Barrere), South Korean Soonwoo Kwon (4-6, 7-6, 6-0 against Aljaz Bedene), Japanese Yosuke Watanuki (6-7, 6-4, 6-2 to Pedro Martínez) the Slovakian Alex Molcan (6-4, 6-4 to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga) and Karen Khachanov (6-1, 6-4 to Gilles Simon) .