The Rosario was on the verge of his first ATP Tour title after falling in straight sets against Norwegian Casper Ruud 6-3, 6-3. Now he will focus on the Tokyo Olympics.
Federico Coria from Santa Fe was unable to celebrate his first title on the professional tennis circuit and lost today in the final of the Swedish ATP in Bastad against Norwegian Casper Ruud, the top seed (16th in the world and first seed) by 6- 3 and 6-3, in 1 hour and 26 minutes. However, after the game, he had a nice gesture with the Swedish public.
Ruud was always superior in the first set, started 4-0, and took it without significant problems 6-3. In the second quarter, the duel was tighter. Still, the Norwegian returned to shine with two breaks that practically sentenced the game, despite the effort of the Argentine, who just broke once and fell again 6-3.
The 29-year-old from Rosario ranked 77th in the ATP world rankings, achieved the best performance of his career anyway since, for the first time, he settled in a tournament definition. In addition, he won the public's ovation when he spoke in Swedish, with the help of his cell phone when reading a thank you message through the Google translator application.
For his part, Ruud, number 16 in the world, won his third title after becoming champion of the Argentina Open in the 2020 edition and winning the Geneva tournament this year, all on brick dust.
Coria advanced to the final thanks to his victories over the Argentine Francisco Cerúndolo (116), the Italian Marco Cecchinato (82), the Chilean Cristian Garín (18), and the German Yannick Hanfmann. However, the defeat with Ruud deprived him of becoming the third Argentine champion in Bastad, a tournament that throughout its history was won twice by Mariano Zabaleta (2003 and 2004) and once by Carlos Berlocq (2013).
Coria, who arrived in Bastad after having fallen in the final of the Challenger in Salzburg (he lost to Santa Fe Facundo Bagnis) and in the week achieved outstanding victories (among others, against the Chilean Cristian Garin and the Italian Marco Cecchinato), tried to be the sixth first-time ATP champion of the season (in addition to the British Daniel Evans, the Argentine Juan Manuel Cerúndolo, the Australian Alexei Popyrin, the Russian Aslan Karatsev, and the American Sebastian Korda). Still, he could not make the last leap in quality. Still, your assignment in Bastad should leave you with valuable learning.
However, when the ranking is updated, F Federico will be ranked 63rd, which will be the best position of his career (he started the week at 77th; 2020 ended at 91st). With that impulse, he will travel to Tokyo to participate in the Olympic Games for the first time.
Far from being upset about falling into the final of the Scandinavian contest, he had a nice gesture with the local public as he used Google Translate to dedicate a few words to them in the local language.
What is coming for the Rosario is the dispute of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, which was classified as one of the five Argentine singles along with Diego Schwartzman, Facundo Bagnis, Francisco Cerúndolo, and Nadia Podoroska.