Monteiro has the chance to finish the week among the top 110 in the ranking
Photo: Uruguay Open
Montevideo (Uruguay) – Thiago Monteiro’s week at the Montevideo challenger continues with positive results. The current number 2 in Brazil and 131st in the world won his second game in the tournament on clay courts in the Uruguayan capital, beating Argentina’s Santiago Taverna, 256th placed, this Wednesday by 7/5 and 6/3 in 1h38 of play.
The campaign to the quarterfinals yields 20 ATP points for Monteiro, who for now remains in the same ranking range. The 29-year-old from Ceará has the chance to finish the week among the 110 best if he wins the title. His best career ranking is 61st, achieved in October.
Monteiro’s next opponent in Uruguay will come from the match between the Swede Elias Ymer, 157th in the ranking, or the Argentine Camilo Carabelli, 144th ranked. He has one victory and one defeat against Ymer, in games played at the ATP in Bastad, in 2018 and 2019. Against Carabelli, the Brazilian won the recent final of the challenger in Campinas, at the beginning of October.
The first set of the match was the most balanced and had only one break, won by Monteiro at the end of the partial. The Ceará native only faced one break-point, still in his first service game.
Although the second set started with long games and opportunities for both sides, Monteiro took better advantage of the opportunities in the decisive moments, escaping a break-point and managing two breaks to take a 5/1 lead. He missed the first chance to serve for the game, but had a comfortable lead and broke again to close out the match.