Portuguese tennis player Gastão Elias, number 379 in the world ranking, qualified today for the semi-finals of the Vale do Lobo Open Magnesium-K Active, a $ 25,000 tournament that ends on Sunday.
Champion in Vilhena, Spain, in the first and only tournament he played before reaching the Vale do Lobo Tennis Academy, Elias overcame precisely the Slovenian Puches, 6-2 and 6-4, to mark the eighth victory of the year.
Of these, seven were in two sets and this was also controlled from start to finish by the 30-year-old Portuguese, who only had to regret the lack of concentration that cost him the "break" at the start of the second game.
“Despite having made an excellent first set, the second could have been more relaxed. I had a lack of concentration and let the game become more balanced, but in general it was a reasonable "performance", "he said.
In the semi-finals, Gastão Elias will face the French Lucas Poullain (512th ATP), who beat the young Portuguese Pedro Araújo, 6-4 and 7-6.
The other semi-final of singles will be discussed between two Frenchmen, also among the pre-designated group: Evan Furness (376th and second seed) and Antoine Escoffier (397th and fourth favorite).
For the day of Saturday is also reserved the final of pairs, which for a short time will not have Portuguese representation.
Along with Tomas Lipovsek Puches, Gonçalo Falcão lost to Russian Alen Avidzba and Estonian Kristjan Tamm, 3-6, 6-2 and 10-6. On the other side of the network will be the first seed, Frenchman Dan Added and German Fabian Fallert.
The first international tournament of the year in Portugal is being played with the organization of Premier Sports and support from the Portuguese Tennis Federation.