In the cold Lima night, the clenched fist of gonzalo good heated the emotions of tennis lovers. The national debuted at the Directv Open Lima Challenger with a resounding 7-5, 6-3 win over Ficovichargentino 127 ATP.
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This is the first Challenger victory for Gonzalo Bueno in his sixth appearance in this type of tournament – three of them in Lima. He already had ATP points from the M25 tournaments and is ranked 937th in the ranking, but this victory over Juan Pablo Ficovich will make him jump up to 808th place.
On the central court of the Jockey Club where the Lima Challenger is being played, Gonzalo Bueno delighted the attendees and those who followed the match via Challenger TV. In the first set he came back from 0-4 down to win 7-5 and in the second he had two immediate breaks, and although he also dropped a game, he finished in great form to take it 6-3.
In the next round he will face the Argentine Román Burruchaga, 337 in the ranking. The match should be played on Wednesday. This Tuesday it will be the turn of Juan Pablo Varillas, Nicolás Álvarez, the Del Pino brothers, Ignacio Buse and Jorge Panta, who arrived from qualy.
Gonzalo Bueno started playing tennis when he was very young, at the age of 3, following in the footsteps of his older brother, but at the age of 10 he already started playing national tournaments, as he said in an interview with the newspaper Depor.
Despite the great projection he had, at the age of 15 he decided to dedicate himself to tennis, but it was only last year that he made the decision to do it professionally, after a conversation with his parents after adding his first ATP points.
IN the M25 of Lima, in October 2021 I beat the Brazilian Enrique Bogo in the first round to add his first ATP point. A week later he also won the first round in the second M25 in Lima and another in Cundinamarca in Colombia.
Thus, he reached his best moment this 2022, in which he added a semifinal in the M15 Aprilia (Italy) to add 4 ATP points and another semi in Novi Sad (Serbia) for another 4 units. With those 11 points in the ranking he got into the top 1000 of the ranking.
With the seven units of his victory in the first round, the Directv Open Lima Challenger will put 7 more units in his pocket, which will allow him to climb almost 130 positions in the ranking.
“They are guys with a lot of potential, with a lot of level”Tupi Venero, captain of the Davis Cup team, told us about Gonzalo Bueno and Ignacio Buse, two youngsters who are going to go far in tennis. Both have already played the Roland Garros Junior final this 2022, while Gonzalo was already considered for the national team in the series against Bolivia by Davis.
“They are two boys who have been playing together since they were 10-12 years old. It is a couple with a lot of projection and the Federation has been helping them a lot, “said Luis Horna in the ESPN broadcast from Roland Garros itself. Lucho accompanies the players as part of the team that the Peruvian Tennis Federation makes available to them.
“This generation is going to join the generation of Varillas, Álvarez, Panta, Huertas del Pino. These guys are going to play Davis Cup in three or four years.”Tupi Venero tells us and the first step has already been taken. In the last call in the duel against Bolivia, Gonzalo Bueno was called to replace the injured Nicolás Álvarez.
“At 17, being in the Davis Cup team was not what I expected, it is something very nice and I will never forget the first call-up”declared Bueno with his summons. He was expected to play doubles with Sergio Galdos, but the final decision of the technical command (Tupi Venero and Lucho Horna) was that Varillas also play that doubles match to define the series later with his match.
Juan Pablo Varillas himself applauded that the juniors are already integrated into the selection process, but in an interview with El Comercio he asked that the processes with each player not be rushed, since each tennis player has his own moment of maturation.
“It is a great step to be able to summon a junior and get him acquainted with what he is going to live for in a few years if he dedicates himself to tennis. In ATP, they have to start with the Futures, get their feet wet in these tournaments. When they are 300-200 in the world, move on to the Challengers. Before, it would be rushing them”, Juan Pablo told us about it.
Indeed, Gonzalo Bueno plays the Lima Challenger thanks to a Wild Card. At 18 years old, he is playing Futures tournaments and he still has to climb positions to think about more Challengers, but his steps are being firm.