Japanese, 321th in the ATP ranking, beat German Sebastian Fanselow in the last of a cycle of three tournaments in the Algarve
Japanese tennis player Kaichi Uchida smiled last in a final of three and a half hours, against the German Sebastian Fanselow, to become champion of the Vale do Lobo Open II Magnesium-K Active.
This was the second international $ 25,000 tournament organized this year by Premier Sports with the support of the Portuguese Tennis Federation, the last in a cycle of three in the Algarve.
Number 321 of the world ranking, Uchida won against Fanselow (435º) after 3:30 hours of encounter, with the 5-7, 7-6 and 7-6 partials.
In a final guided by balance, the 26-year-old Japanese tennis player won less points (124 against 128) and fewer service games (12 against 13) than the German, who moved to Lisbon about a year ago, but proved to be more refined in the decisive moments and, at the third «match point», completed the turnaround.
Uchida won seventh career title
A week after being summoned for the first time to represent Japan and contributing with a victory for the success in the tie against Pakistan, which guaranteed the country a place in the Davis Cup Qualifiers of 2022, Uchida won, in Vale do Lobo Tennis Academy, the seventh career title and second of the season, after starting the season to win in Monastir, Tunisia.
“It was a very, very balanced encounter, so I am very happy to win. It was very hard both mentally and physically ”, revealed, between some shyness and natural tiredness, the hero of the week, who flew directly from Pakistan to reach Portugal and only leaves with the champion's trophy in his hands.
At the conclusion of a cycle of international tournaments in the Algarve region, Pedro Frazão, director of the two events held at Vale do Lobo Tennis Academy, made an “extremely positive balance”.
“This forced us to make an extra effort, both for us and for the Center for Tennis and Padel in Faro and above all for the Portuguese Tennis Federation, but the balance is extremely positive. We were able to bring together conditions that at this time of year few places in the world are able to give players, so it was very good. It was a pity that this last week the Portuguese players did not take advantage of it so well, but the final balance is extremely positive ”, said the official.