The Cincinnati 2019 promises to be a hotly contested affair and we analyze and predict every match for you. But for a certain Argentinian, Juan Ignacio Londero, this year, in particular, has been a career-defining one. Argentina, a country where football takes the pinnacle in terms of fan following, it sure has produced some fine tennis players. For betting tips on current football games, you can head over to mightytips.com.
Juan Ignacio Londero has mostly remained in the of Juan Martin Del Potro and Diego Schwartzman in Argentinian tennis but is quickly emerging to carve out his own identity. 2019 has been his best year in terms of prize money earned and his first-ever tour-level title at Cordoba.
2019 – Career Best Year
In a quite stunning turnaround of fortunes, Londero who turned professional in 2010, mainly slugging out in the Challenger tour, made his first grand slam main draw appearance at Roland Garros. Even Londero might’ve not envisioned the run he had on the clay courts of Paris reaching the fourth round only to bow out to the eventual champion, Rafael Nadal.
However, Roland Garros was a successful culmination of his spectacular run at Cordoba. Londero entered Cordoba on a wildcard and was yet to win a tour-level match. What followed next was unbelievable to many but it surely instilled a great amount of belief in the Argentine.
The 25-year-old has proved his mettle on clay but lacks terribly on the other two surfaces. At 5’11”, Londero finds it incredibly tough to garner free points on serve and relies heavily on his baseline skills.
All shortcomings aside, a 21-14 win-loss record so far in 2019 should please Londero quite a bit. Rankings wise, Londero has shot up to 55 and looks set to break into the top 50 for the first time in his career.
What’s Next For Londero?
First and foremost, Londero needs to be wary of overcooking his tennis schedule. An injury would deeply hamper his career growth and that’s the last thing anyone wants. Already labeled by many as a clay courter, improving his game to suit all surfaces, easier said than done, can make him a genuine threat on any given day.
With no ranking points to defend, Londero should be aiming to end the year on a high but that won’t come easy as the hardcourt season is underway. He’s in Cincinnati on a wild card and if he’s to replicate the success at Cordoba, he’ll have to go past Roger Federer, which should be a great learning experience if anything.
With Del Potro battling injuries, the onus is on the likes of Guido Pella, Diego Schwartzman, and Juan Ignacio Londero to carry the Argentinian Flag. Londero being the youngest of the three should look forward to the challenge.