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By Chris Oddo | @TheFanChild | Saturday February 27, 2021

Photo Source: Del Dia/ Cordoba Open

Juan Manuel Cerundolo and his brother Francisco had already made a piece of history just by playing in the main draw at the Cordoba Open this week. They became the first Argentinian siblings to play the same main draw of an ATP event since 1981, but the party has not ended there.

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Both Cerundolos won their first ATP match on Tuesday at Cordoba, and Juan Manuel, the younger brother at 19, has continued on his tear, pushing his way into the final to become the first player to reach a final on his ATP main draw debut since 2004.

On Saturday the southpaw defeated Federico Coria 6-4, 4-6, 6-2—he will meet Spain’s Albert Ramos Vinolas in Sunday’s final.

“Honestly, I still can’t believe what is happening,” Cerundolo said on court after his victory on Saturday. “It was a really tough match, I was playing very solid in the first set but he started to come back and then anything could happen. After the second set, I did well to recover mentally and withstand him.”

Cerundolo becomes the youngest Argentine to reach an ATP final since Jose Acasuso in 2001. Remarkably, it was Cerundolo’s father, Alejandro, who coached Acasuso during that tournament.

Cerundolo entered the week ranked at 335 and with just 14 challenger matches under his belt. If he can defeat fifth-seeded Ramos-Vinolas on Sunday he would rise to a projected 180 in the rankings.


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