Extend the service until the last second, turn everything on and always celebrate with an open fist. That was Juan Pablo Verilas who won. The Peruvian tennis player not only bounced back from a bad spell where he failed to win two consecutive ATP matches, but also stunned to win his first set against Miomir Kecmanovic in his first set at the US Open. He has achieved this Grand Slam in USA.
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And his strength is not to stop fighting for every point, which is supported by his excellent physical condition. For this reason, it played 1-6 in the first set and squandered four set points in the second set, which it won happily. In the end, in three hours and thirteen minutes of play, the Peruvian won 1-6, 7-5, 7-5 and 6-4 to advance to his second Grand Slam title since Roland Garros in June. Past.
“I was always aggressive to impose my game. I took it to a physical level and in the third set it was complete,” Juan Pablo told ESPN.
Thus, Varillas achieved a great success, which means 45 ATP points in the ranking, which today elevates him to 64th place, plus a prize of $123,000, the number for those who qualify for the second stage.
Meanwhile, he says, Peruvian tennis has been celebrated again at the US Open since 2007, after 16 years. Additionally, not since 2008, with Lucho Horna, has a Peruvian played four Grand Slams of the year, something Varillas has accomplished in 2023. Only the Australian Open had to qualify, while the rest did so with a seeded classification.
Gonzalo Bueno won the doubles title with Daniel Vallejo at the Challenger in Lima, which played through the weekend. They defeated the duo formed by Peruvian Ignacio Bus and Brian Panta.
Three Peruvian players advanced to the quarterfinals in singles. Gonzalo Bueno, Nacho Buse and Arklon Huertas del Pino. For Buss, this will be his first in his fifth Challenger tournament appearance.
Hard court isn’t Peru’s forte either, but that’s what he works for. That’s why he lives in Argentina and takes the necessary preparation time before every meeting. After the European Tour, he went to Buenos Aires to work on cement, and despite his loss in Winston-Salem last week, this time at the big tournament, the US Open, he knows how to show his strong forehand against his 55 winners. 33, and 15 aces from the Serb.
“A cool head and in great physical condition in difficult places to achieve his first victory.” This is how Pablo Arraya explains Peru’s success since the US Open. Juan Pablo showed that he was ready if the parties were extended. This happened to him at the last Ronald Garros, where he twice came back from 2-0 down (against Zhang and Bautista Agut). Meanwhile, against Hurcox he started to lose the first set to win in five.
But Juanpa wasn’t the only one playing. A good group of Peruvians, dressed in red-and-white shirts or red polo shirts with the national shield, arrived at the 10th court of the Flushing Meadows complex. “I was almost in New York,” he thanked the national tennis player.
But he will certainly feel like a spectator tomorrow as he has to measure himself against American Taylor Fritz, who is ranked 9th in the ATP rankings. It will be his turn to play on the main court at Arthur Ashe, as he already did at Philippe Chatrier at Roland Garros.