Thiago Monteiro, from Ceará, currently ranked 110th in the world, secured his presence in the round of 16 of the ATP 250 in Belgrade (Serbia) by beating Portuguese João Sousa (85th) by 2 sets to 0 (6/4 and 6/3 partials). ). This Tuesday’s victory (19), after 1h26min of clash on the clay court, marked the Brazilian’s debut in the main draw of the tournament, after two victories in the qualifiers.
Balance set the tone in the first set. With the score 3 to 3, Monteiro saved two break-points and the dispute remained fierce, until he managed to break the serve and close the partial at 6/4. The following set was better for the Brazilian: he even opened up a 4-1 lead and managed the game until victory.
Monteiro will have an even greater challenge in the round of 16, scheduled for this Wednesday (20), at a time yet to be defined. The opponent will be the winner of the clash between the Belgian David Goffin (49th) and the Serbian Filip Krajinovic (45th).
The Brazilian can return to the top 100 of the ATP world rankings if he reaches the semifinals in Belgrade.
Translated to english by RJ983
From Brazil, by EBC News