Piracicaba (SP) – In a semifinal with four Brazilians, Daniel Dutra da Silva and Pedro Sakamoto from São Paulo secured a place in the doubles final of the Piracicaba challenger. They beat fellow São Paulo native Mateus Alves and Eduardo Ribeiro from Rio Grande do Sul by 7/5, 5/7 and 10-8.
A 35-year-old left-hander, Daniel Dutra da Silva has a challenger title in doubles, won last season in Argentina. Pedro Sakamoto, 30 years old, won his first challenger title in Buenos Aires in January.
The tournament played on the clay courts of Clube Cristóvão Colombo gives 75 ATP points to the champions and a prize of US$4,665. Runners-up receive 50 points and US$2,700. Daniel occupies 309th place in the ranking, while Sakamoto is in 334th position.
Semifinalists of the tournament, Mateus Alves and Eduardo Ribeiro receive 30 ATP points and share a prize of US$1,630. The São Paulo native occupies 218th place in the doubles ranking, while the Gaucho is in 307th place.
Daniel and Sakamoto’s opponents in this Saturday’s final could be the Argentines Guido Andreozzi and Guillermo Duran, top seeds, or the Spaniard Alex Marti and the Italian Alexander Weis.
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