The Argentine youngster made history this week by becoming the youngest player to win five challenger events in a season. We take a look at the emerging star in more detail, including Sebastian Baez’s coach.
The 20-year-old triumphed on home soil at the Dove Men+Care Challenger de Buenos Aires, becoming the youngest player to win five titles in a season in ATP Challenger Tour history.
After starting the season ranked outside the top 300, Baez, who was the 2018 French Open boys runner-up, got his season off to a flyer when he beat compatriot Franciso Cerundolo in three tight sets to win the ATP Challenger event in Concepcion, Chile.
That tournament victory propelled him into the world’s top 300 and in the same country, he made his ATP Tour debut in Santiago the following month after coming through qualifying.
But he was beaten in the round of 32 in straight sets by fellow NextGen star and Intesa Sanpaolo Next Gen ATP Finals contender Holger Vitus Nodskov Rune.
Those finals in Milan will see the eight best players under the age of 21 who have accrued the most points this season compete in the season’s showpiece.
Baez currently sits ninth in the Race to Milan and could be competing against the likes of Jannik Sinner, Felix Auger-Aliassime, Carlos Alcaraz, Sebastian Korda, Lorenzo Musetti, Brandon Nakashima and Jenson Brooksby.
He’s 61 points behind his compatriot Juan Manuel Cerundolo who currently occupies the last qualifying spot and is 23 points ahead of Rune, who is in 10th place.
Baez got his revenge on Rune a week later, en-route to his second ATP Challenger title of the season, where he didn’t lose a set.
The clay-court specialist won his third title on that very same surface in Zagreb in May, which ensured he cracked the top 200 for the first time in his career.
But the youngster was unable to qualify for the French Open after falling in the first round of qualifying.
Baez followed up his disappointment in France with another ATP Challenger final appearance, this time in Bratislava, but on this occasion he lost the championship match.
In his first tournament of the season away from the clay, Baez lost in the first round of Wimbledon qualifying.
It was in the ATP 500 event in Hamburg where Baez won his first ATP match after coming through qualifying and beating Corentin Moutet before withdrawing ahead of facing Nikoloz Basilashvili, which would have been the biggest match of his career to date.
The Argentine came agonisingly close to making his maiden Grand Slam appearance in New York, but fell in the final round of US Open qualifying on a third set tie-break.
Fresh from the heartbreak at Flushing Meadows, Baez lost in another ATP Challenger final appearance, this time in Kiev.
He made it back-to-back final defeats with another straight sets championship match loss in Santiago.
But the following week at the exact same location, Baez went one step better and got his hands on yet another trophy.
In Buenos Aires, Baes beat Brazilian Thiago Monteiro in the final, which was his third top 100 scalp of the season.
Lifting that trophy saw him rise to a career-high ranking of number 112 in the world.
At 20, Baez, who plays right-handed with a two-handed backhand, became the youngest Argentine to win three titles in a season since 18-year-old Guillermo Coria in 2000 (ATP).
Who is Sebastian Baez’s coach?
Sebastian Baez’s coach is former Argentine player Sebastian Gutierrez.
In January, Baez’s former coach and mentor, Jorge ‘Chino’ Gerosi, passed away at the age of 63.
Following his success in his hometown, Baez isn’t playing in the ATP Challenger event in Lima, Peru, this week.
But his compatriot and Race to Milan rival Juan Manuel Cerundolo is, so Baez will be watching to see how he fares with only one Challenger tournament remaining in Ecuador before the Next Gen Finals.