The duo formed by João Menezes from Minas Gerais and Rafael Matos from Rio Grande do Sul will dispute this Saturday (14), from 12:00 pm (Brasilia time), in the final of the men’s doubles tournament of the San Marino Tennis Challenger. The rivals for the trophy will be Czech Zdenek Kolar and Venezuelan Luis David Martinez.
The Brazilians guaranteed their place in the decision by beating the Americans Evan King and Max Schnur by 2 this Friday (13) sets to 0 (7/5 and 6/1). In the singles tournament, João Menezes fell in the quarterfinals to the Danish Holger Vitus Nodskov Rune, by 2 sets to 0 (6/0 and 7/5).
in the first set of Friday’s game, the American opponents broke the serve first. But Menezes (271 in the world in doubles) and Matos (82 in the ranking) sought a reaction. They went from 3 to 1 to match with a break on 5/5 and, with another break, close on 7/5. In the second, the mineiro and the gaucho managed to break in the second game, dominating the set, and with another break they opened 5/1, winning in the sequence by 6/1.
After representing Brazil at the Tokyo Olympic Games, João Menezes from Minas Gerais has already participated in the Challenger of Cordenons, in Italy. In this tournament, at the beginning of August, he had to give up to continue in the doubles dispute when the Argentine Thiago Agustin, partner of the Brazilian, felt an injury in the abdomen. In the singles tournament, he was eliminated, at the time, in the opening round.
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