Tomás Etcheverry Reaches Barcelona ATP 500 Semifinal, Will Face Casper Ruud

Etcheverry reaches Barcelona ATP 500 semifinal, his biggest career milestone. Ruud and Tsitsipas set for semifinal clash as top contenders for the title.

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Tomás Etcheverry Reaches Barcelona ATP 500 Semifinal, Will Face Casper Ruud

Tomás Etcheverry Reaches Barcelona ATP 500 Semifinal, Will Face Casper Ruud

Tomás Etcheverry has reached the semifinal of the Barcelona ATP 500 tournament, his biggest semifinal appearance of his career so far. The 24-year-old Argentine, ranked 30th in the world, defeated Britain's Cameron Norrie in a hard-fought straight sets match, winning 7-6(7/4), 7-6(7/1).

Etcheverry said he played aggressively to win the match, and the tiebreaks were key to his victory. This was Etcheverry's second meeting with Norrie, with Norrie having won their previous encounter on clay in Buenos Aires last year.

In the semifinal, Etcheverry will face third seed Casper Ruud. The Norwegian defeated Matteo Arnaldi 6-4, 6-3 in the quarterfinals to reach his best result at the Barcelona event, surpassing his previous best of reaching the quarterfinals in 2022. Ruud leads Etcheverry 1-0 in their head-to-head record, having won their previous encounter at the 2023 China Open in three sets.

Why this matters: Etcheverry's semifinal appearance in Barcelona marks a significant milestone in his career, as he continues to rise in the ATP rankings. His success on clay this season, including a semifinal run in Houston earlier this month, positions him as a player to watch on the surface.

Meanwhile, Facundo Díaz Acosta narrowly lost to Stéfanos Tsitsipás in the quarterfinals of the same tournament. Tsitsipás, the world number five, defeated the 53rd-ranked Argentine in a close three-set match, securing a ninth successive win following his Monte Carlo Masters title victory. Tsitsipas saved two match points to rally past Díaz Acosta 4-6, 6-3, 7-6(8).

The ATP 500 event in Barcelona will feature the two semifinals on Saturday, with Casper Ruud and Stefanos Tsitsipas as the favorites to reach the final. Ruud is seeking his first title above ATP 250 level, while Tsitsipas is the favorite to win the Barcelona title after his victory in Monte Carlo last week.

Key Takeaways

  • Tomás Etcheverry reaches Barcelona ATP 500 semifinal, his career-best.
  • Etcheverry defeats Norrie in straight sets, will face Ruud in semifinal.
  • Ruud reaches Barcelona semifinal, surpassing his previous best quarterfinal.
  • Facundo Díaz Acosta narrowly loses to Tsitsipas in Barcelona quarterfinals.
  • Ruud and Tsitsipas are favorites to reach the Barcelona final.