Nuno Borges and Francisca Jorge entered as favorites on the last day of the inaugural tournament of the FPT Senior Circuit, at Vale do Lobo Tennis Academy, in Loulé, and lived up to their expectations, leaving the court with the trophies in their hands.
Great sensation of the week when consecutively removing the two best Portuguese tennis players ever in the men's world ranking (João Sousa, still in the group stage, and Gastão Elias, in the semi-final), the Maia tennis player smiled last in a final between two young men who left good indications for the future, defeating Pedro Araújo 6-3 and 6-3.
The day before, Araújo had even been the figure of the day when traveling from Lisbon – where he had already returned after being eliminated in the group stage – to replace Pedro Sousa and defeat Tiago Cação in the semi-final.
On Sunday, the highlight belonged entirely to Nuno Borges, who made use of the service to create difficulties for him from the first moments and who also managed to outdo his opponent in his response.
“Pedro and I already knew each other, we had trained a few weeks ago and played a few points, so we already knew what the strong and weak aspects of each one were. I was able to serve very well today, once again, I took advantage of it and since his service was not so strong I tried to keep myself tougher in his service games, I managed to make two or three very crucial 'breaks' and the rest was just win the service games. I served well and felt very comfortable throughout the meeting ”, said the maiato in the« flash-interview »with Sport TV.
Before, in the women's final, Francisca Jorge also managed to confirm favoritism by defeating the Algarve's Inês Murta, in a match between the two best Portuguese tennis players today, with 6-4 and 7-6.
“I started very well and I felt in her strokes that she got more nervous, but then she increased her competitiveness and then I started to feel more the pressure of wanting to dominate the points, but at the end of the set I managed to be more aggressive and win. In the second, she started calmer, I wanted to do and show more and ended up not being the best. At the end of the set I tried to reassure myself to the maximum and when I faced two set points at 6-5 I was so cold that I was able to control my emotions and get back to the result. In the ‘tie-break’ I grabbed all the points and got it ”, analyzed the 20-year-old tennis player from Guimarães.
Each winner took home a check for 1,500 euros, while each finalist received 1,000 euros.