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Argentinian tennis has an exciting prospect in the making right now, and his name is Pedro Cachin. This man has been on the ATP Tour for a decade already, yet at 28 years of age, he has finally achieved a long-term ambition. In case you missed the action from last week, Pedro Cachin was able to win his very first ATP title in Switzerland. As expected from an Argentinian player, this title came on red clay, and he beat some top-level players to get his hands on the trophy.
With this said, the best thing about the victory is just how unexpected it actually was. Looking back at his results in 2023, Cachin came into the tournament with a 9-18 record on the ATP Tour for the season. This doesn’t exactly show the kind of statistics of a man that you would describe as ‘in form’. Needless to say, he was also unseeded in this ATP 250 event, which just makes things even more special. Oh, and not only is this his first ATP title, it’s the first time that Cachin has even made it beyond an ATP quarter-final.
Even that came back in 2019 in his home country. But after four years of waiting to surpass this stage yet again, it seems that the stars aligned and helped Cachin to capture the title in Switzerland. In doing so, he has now surged through the rankings as of the most recent ATP rankings updates, and he has also surpassed his career-best ranking in the process. However, as great as this is, my objective here is to tell you why Pedro Cachin might just be a guy to watch over the coming months and years.
Cachin Moves Into the Spotlight for Argentinian Tennis Following Gstaad Title Run
As referenced above, the tournament that Pedro Cachin won last week was an ATP 250 event. Therefore, by winning it, he has racked up all 250 points and jumped by 41 places up the ATP rankings! This is simply huge, and it has taken him from 90 in the rankings to 49. So he is officially a top 50 player as things stand, which is enormous in itself. As for the significance of this performance, his career-best was previously 54 in the rankings, so he has broken that barrier too.
Yet as great as all of this is from a personal achievement perspective, I believe that there are obvious reasons that we should be keeping an eye on Pedro Cachin as we head into the second half of the season and beyond. Therefore, let me share my thoughts with you on Cachin’s talent and his possible career progression right now.
Grand Slam Performances
Before you think I’m crazy for mentioning this, just stick with me for a moment. Sure, Pedro Cachin hasn’t gone beyond the third round of a Grand Slam in his entire career. But when you look at the results and performances he has given in recent times, it’s clear that he can perform on the biggest stages in tennis. Take 2023 as a prime example, he lost to one of the top seeds in the form of Carreno Busta at the Australian Open in three tight sets.
At the French Open, he took out Dominic Thiem in the opening round before losing to another top seed in the form of Borna Coric – also in five sets. And at Wimbledon, he did not look out of place against the 7-time champion, Novak Djokovic.
The Confidence He Will Obtain From Winning His First Title
We all know that tennis is a confidence game. And when titles remain elusive in an individual’s career, this really can play on the mind and prevent them from reaching the heights that they truly want to achieve. However, with Pedro Cachin managing to break through that barrier by securing his very first ATP title, I wouldn’t find it surprising if he then went on to replicate this success moving forward.
Then again, with the majority of the remaining season being played on hard courts, we might have to wait for the next clay court swing to see him take his career to new levels.
His Level of Tennis
At the end of the day, you don’t achieve big things with a lousy game. And looking at the way that Cachin plays, there are some extremely promising elements. He is a sensational grinder, meaning he can be incredibly consistent and wear his opponents down. Yet he also has a fantastic forehand with decent feel around the net, which also makes him a solid clay court player. And if he keeps improving on this current trajectory, without question, he is one to watch!
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