Báez Reaches Rio Open Final, Faces Norrie or Navone

Báez Reaches Rio Open Final, Faces Norrie or Navone

Sebastián Báez Storms into Rio Open Final, Faces Norrie or Navone

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil - Fifth-seeded Sebastián Báez of Argentina has secured his place in the final of the Rio Open after a dominant straight-sets victory over his compatriot Francisco Cerundolo on Saturday.

Báez, ranked 30th in the world, displayed his clay-court prowess in the 7-5, 6-0 triumph at the Jockey Club Brasileiro. The 22-year-old broke Cerundolo's serve twice in the opening set and then cruised through the second set without dropping a game.

Báez will now face either defending champion Cameron Norrie of Great Britain or another Argentine, Mariano Navone, in the final. Norrie, the second seed, emerged as the favorite after top-seeded Carlos Alcaraz, Stan Wawrinka, and Nicolás Jarry all withdrew from the tournament due to injuries.

Norrie, ranked 12th in the world, has been in impressive form this season, reaching the semifinals of the Australian Open and winning the ASB Classic in Auckland. Navone, ranked 195th, is a surprise finalist but has shown resilience and determination throughout the tournament.

The Rio Open final is set to be a thrilling encounter between two talented Argentines or a clash between a defending champion and a rising star. Báez will be aiming to claim his second ATP Tour title, while Norrie will be looking to defend his crown and cement his status as a top clay-court player.

Tags: #RioOpen, #SebastianBaez, #FranciscoCerundolo, #CameronNorrie, #MarianoNavone

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