For Sebastian Baez, this was the cherry on high of a historic 2021 marketing campaign.
One week after displaying off his skills on the worldwide stage of the Intesa Sanpaolo Subsequent Gen ATP Finals, the charismatic 20-year-old from Buenos Aires celebrated his largest milestone but. On Monday, the pleasure of Argentina surged into the Prime 100 of the FedEx ATP Rankings after clinching his sixth ATP Challenger Tour title of the 12 months.
A semi-finalist on the Allianz Cloud in Milan, Baez showcased his supreme agility and abundance of power with the world watching. And he would carry the momentum to his ultimate event of the 12 months, practically 6,000 miles away, in Campinas, Brazil. His reward for a breakthrough 2021 season? A shiny new ‘No. 97’ subsequent to his identify.
“It’s a very good feeling to enter the Prime 100,” mentioned Baez. “I used to be rising within the rankings throughout the 12 months and I felt it was getting nearer and nearer. Ending 2021 like this, it’s the icing on the cake.”
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Baez culminated a historic 2021 season with a dominant 6-1, 6-4 victory over World No. 94 Thiago Monteiro within the Campinas ultimate. The Buenos Aires native is the youngest participant in Challenger historical past to win six titles in a season, whereas additionally claiming probably the most match wins in a single marketing campaign amongst gamers aged 20 & below. He posted a 44-7 report, which can also be good for second place on the 2021 win proportion checklist (86.2), behind solely Jenson Brooksby (88.5).
After opening the season simply outdoors the Prime 300 of the FedEx ATP Rankings, he joins countryman Juan Manuel Cerundolo as #NextGenATP Argentines within the Prime 100.
“For me, enjoying on clay is pure, so transferring from onerous courts in Milan to Campinas was no downside,” added Baez. “I arrived in Brazil on Saturday and had the weekend to adapt. I used to be in a position to do it and performed very nicely. The arrogance of enjoying good matches on the highest degree (in Milan) helped make this week really feel extra comfy and simpler.
“I feel it was not the aim to win so many matches this 12 months, however I began at No. 320 and the fruit of a whole lot of work over a few years and being so attentive to element helped. Me and my coach can proceed to realize large targets.”
Most Challenger Match Wins In A Season (age 20 & below)
|Sebastian Baez (2021)
|Frances Tiafoe (2016)||42||18|
|Jiri Novak (1995)||42||20|
|Mario Ancic (2002)||40||18|
Coming into 2021, solely three gamers had received six Challenger titles in a single season: Younes El Aynaoui (1998), Juan Ignacio Chela (2001) and Facundo Bagnis (2016). In 2021 alone, Baez joined Tallon Griekspoor and Benjamin Bonzi in attaining the feat.
Able to graduate to the ATP Tour in 2022, the Argentine is right here for the problem.
“Now I need to have the greatness that the perfect gamers on this planet have. I do know I can nonetheless enhance. My ceiling is excessive and each day I need to be higher than the day earlier than.”