(João Pires/Instituto Sports)
Brazil in the final! In the doubles bracket of the Piracicaba Challenger, Brazilians Daniel Dutra Silva and Pedro Sakamoto won the national clash and qualified for the championship decision. The title fight will take place this Saturday (3), ending the day of competitions.
In the semi-final, Daniel and Pedro beat Eduardo Ribeiro and Mateus Alves by a score of 2 to 1 (5/7, 7/5 and 10/8). The rival duo had a good start to the game, breaking serve in the 11th game and closing with an advantage in the first set. Afterwards, Dutra and Sakamoto repeated their opponents’ feat and left everything the same. Ultimately, they dominated the tie-break and secured their place in the grand final.
In the decisive match, Daniel Dutra and Pedro Sakamoto will play against the winner of the game between Argentines Guido Andreozzi/Guillermo Durán and the duo formed by Italian Alexander Weis and Spaniard Alex Marti Pujolras. Furthermore, this could be Sakamoto’s second title on the ATP circuit, as he was champion of the Buenos Aires II Challenger in January, alongside young João Fonseca.
Matheus Pucinelli reaches the semi-finals after almost a year of fasting
In the singles bracket of the Challenger in Piracicaba, Brazilian Matheus Pucinelli defeated an Italian tennis player and advanced to the semifinals of the competition. This was the first time that the São Paulo native reached this stage in a Challenger tournament since May last year, when he became champion in Coquimbo, Chile.
In the confrontation, Matheus beat Alexander Weis, 308th in the ATP rankings, by a score of 2-0 (7/6 and 7/6). The Brazilian started the game by breaking an opponent’s serve and tying the duel at 1-1. Afterwards, after some service confirmations, the dispute went to the tie-break, where Pucinelli took a 1-0 lead in the opening set. Soon after, he scored two victories in games consecutive matches and went 5-3 ahead. The Italian tennis player recovered in the match and took another decision in the tie-break. In the end, Matheus sealed his triumph and guaranteed his classification.
“It was a point-to-point battle, he is solid, he makes you play all the time, he doesn’t give up. I had my chance in the second set, served for the game and got tense again, but I played the tie-breaks well and that made the difference”, said Matheus Pucinelli. Now, with the result, the tennis player from Campinas-SP will face Argentine Federico Coria. The rival is currently 103rd in the world rankings and is the highest ranked athlete in the event. Thus, the game will take place this Saturday (3), with no set time yet.
Journalist from Espírito Santo graduated from PUC-SP and lover of Olympic and Paralympic sports.