Argentina vibrates with the Peques

Tennis monopolized the Argentine covers, above Messi's landing, with the victories of Diego Schwartzman and Nadia Podoroska at Roland Garros.


Tennis monopolized the Argentine covers on Tuesday, even above the landing of Lionel Messi to play the World Cup qualifying rounds with the Albiceleste. On a magical day, Diego Schwartzman and Nadia Podoroska heroically entered the semi-finals at Roland Garros. Both share nicknames, but with different spellings, the Peque and the Peke, although paradoxically she measures the same as him: 1.70. They also call her the Russian, because her grandparents are Ukrainian. Podoroska's miracle is easy to understand: he arrived in Paris in position 131 in the world and entered the final table through the previous one, an unprecedented feat in the Open Era of the French Grand Slam. The Rosario knocked down Elina Svitolina, number 5 of the WTA, in this case Ukrainian by birth and flag. Schwartzman, for his part, defeated Dominic Thiem, number 3 of the ATP, recent champion of the US Open and one of the favorites on clay, after a tough battle of more than five hours. The Buenosairean thus demonstrated that his victory over Rafa Nadal and his final in Rome were not coincidences.

These two successes date their sport back to the historic 2004, when four Argentines reached the semifinals: Gastón Gaudio, later champion, Guillermo Coria, David Nalbandian and Paola Suárez. And they also invite you to dream of the list of compatriots crowned in a Grand Slam: Gaudio himself, Gabriela Sabatini, Martín del Potro and the legendary Guillermo Vilas, who achieved four greats in the 70s, one in Paris. No one doubts that Del Potro, without the cruelty of injuries, could have aspired to those numbers, especially when it is remembered that his 2009 US Open won him in five sets against the legendary Roger Federer. Perhaps it is rash to compare them with these illustrious ones, although, for now, they have already taken the headlines from Messi. Argentina vibrates with the Peques.

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