Horacio Zeballos Jr. is not a star. He never will be. The 27-year-old Argentinian had appeared in one final prior to Sunday’s match and that was four years ago (he lost). Horacio made it to the second round of a Grand Slam three times. After winning the 2009 ATP Newcomer of the year award he sat at number 73 in the rankings.
A fan of ping pong, music and swimming, Zeballos isn’t mentioned on Mar Del Plata’s — his hometown — Wikipedia page. 80% of the crowd in Viña del Mar didn’t know who Horacio Zeballos was. Sunday wasn’t supposed to be about him. If anything, it would be about his role in providing an answer to the question everyone is asking: Is Rafael Nadal ever really going to be back?