It was unexpected at this level. And yet Tomas Martin Etcheverry is indeed the surprise of this Roland-Garros 2023. He is preparing to challenge Alexander Zverev in the quarter-finals of the Parisian tournament. Among the players still in contention, he is the only one not to have conceded any set. On his way, the Argentinian brought out experienced players. In the first round he defeated Jack Draper, in the second, Alex De Minaur, in the third round he surpassed Borna Coric and in the round of 16 he swept Yoshihito Nishioka.
This afternoon, the 49th player in the world will however have to get rid of the German he has never met and who was a semi-finalist last year at Porte d’Auteuil. He is coming back in great shape. The backhand of the ex-world number 3 is probably one of the best on the circuit. He has already played in multiple Grand Slam quarter-finals. Sasha Zverev has found a very satisfactory level of play. For example, he crushed Grigor Dimitrov in the round of 16. Tomas Martin Etcheverry will therefore face a player of a higher level on the Philippe-Chatrier court, which he has never stepped on, unlike his opponent who knows the geometry of the court by heart. This center is the largest in the world and having benchmarks is very important.
Biographical sheet. Tomas Martin Etcheverry was born on July 18, 1999 in La Plata which is the capital of the province of Buenos Aires. On the junior circuit, he stood out by winning the Copa Barranquilla and the Asuncion Bowl and above all by occupying the 12th place in the world. Present on the Challengers, he managed to win in Perugia and Trieste. In 2022, he joined the top 100. He played his first Grand Slams in 2022, losing each time in the 1st round. In 2023, he was knocked out in the 2nd round by Jannik Sinner at the Australian Open. The same year, he reached the quarter-finals of Roland-Garros for the first time.
Tomás Martín Etcheverry experienced a tragic episode in his life. He lost his big sister Magui in September 2022 who had been battling breast cancer since June 2020. She was a mother of two children. Since his death, the Argentine player has climbed the ATP rankings and he offered himself Monday, for the first time in his young career, a first Grand Slam quarter-final. He confessed during this Roland-Garros 2023, “constantly asking my sister to give me strength. I know that she always gives me strength. Today, at an important moment in the match, before serving, I I said, ‘Please Magui, help me.’ And she helped me. I served an ace,” he said emotionally.
During this Roland-Garros 2023, the Argentinian occupies the 49th place in the world. With his quarter-final at Porte d’Auteuil, he should occupy at least, after the Parisian tournament, the 31st place in the world.