Breaking back into the top 100 of the ATP Rankings can be a difficult proposition. Here we take a look at Facundo Bagnis in more detail, including who his coach is.
The 31-year-old kickstarted the 2022 season by earning the biggest win of his career. The Argentine beat Andy Murray, a multiple Grand Slam winner, in the opening round of the ATP 250 event Melbourne Summer Set.
The left-hander’s reward for ousting the British star is a last-16 clash with Bulgarian sensation Grigor Dimitrov.
After achieving a career-high number 55 in the ATP Rankings in 2016, Bagnis broke back into the world’s top 100 in 2021 after advancing to his first ATP Tour final at Santiago.
Bagnis beat the likes of Marco Cecchinato and Frances Tiafoe before losing in three tight sets to Cristian Garin in the championship match.
Prior to his first final appearance, Bagnis celebrated his 31st birthday by competing in his first ATP Tour semi-final at 2021 Cordoba after coming through qualifying and earning six wins.
He advanced to a Grand Slam third round for the first time at the 2021 US Open, after coming into the major with a 1-10 win-loss record on hard courts (ATP).
The Argentine will always remember his main draw Grand Slam debut where he qualified at the 2014 French Open before beating home favourite Julien Benneteau 18-16 in the fifth and deciding set, in the first round.
Bagnis has won 14 Challenger titles during his career and went 6-0 in finals during 2016 season, which puts him at a tie for second-most titles behind Tallon Griekspoor’s eight in 2021 (ATP).
Who is Facundo Bagnis’ coach?
Bagnis began playing tennis at the age of seven by hitting a ball a wall on a paddle court. He is coached by his compatriot Walter Grinovero, who reached a career-high ranking on the tour of 578 in 2000.
The 48-year-old has coached the likes of Carlos Berlocq, Nicolas Jarry, Cristian Garin and Paolo Lorenzi during his career.
Bagnis has started 2022 in phenomenal style and a win against a Grand Slam champion will no doubt mean his confidence is sky high heading into the Australian Open.