Gastão Elias gave up due to injury at the end of the first set against Slovenian Tomas Lipovsek Puches
The young Pedro Araújo and the veteran Mischa Zverev stood out among the players who today stamped access to the 2nd round of the Faro Open's main singles.
This year, the historic Algarve tournament organized by the Center for Tennis and Padel of Faro with the support of the Municipality of Faro and the Portuguese Tennis Federation celebrates its 30th edition and was promoted to the category of 25,000 dollars.
A week after shining in Vale do Lobo, where he reached the singles quarter-finals of a tournament on the international circuit for the first time, Pedro Araújo (1326th in the ATP ranking) added another victory by hitting, by clear 6-0 and 6-1, compatriot Luís Faria (808º), in a match in which the 18-year-old from Lisbon showed better physical form and more competitive pace than the 21-year-old from Guimarães.
Qualified for the second round, Tennis School player Jaime Caldeira already knows that he will have as his next opponent the Frenchman Dan Added (396th ATP), who confirmed the status of seventh seed by beating the German Lucas Gerch, by 6-3 and 6-3.
Pedro Araújo's victory was the only one for Portuguese tennis players in the singles table: Fábio Coelho lost 6-2 and 6-3 to the German Sebastian Fanselow (429th); Tiago Cação (553º ATP) was beaten, by 6-4, 5-7 and 6-2, by the Turkish Kuzey Cekirge (1322º); and Gastão Elias (381st) withdrew after losing the first set 6-1 against Slovenian Tomas Lipovsek Puches (618th).
Wednesday's day at the Faro Open ended with the victory of Mischa Zverev. Former “top-25” ATP and current 278th held on to the status of first seed and won the French qualifier Vincent Stouff (1088th) 6-2, 2-6 and 6- 1.
Zverev in transit through Portugal before accompanying brother in Mexico
The reasons that brought the brother of the world number 7, Alexander Zverev, to Faro are the same reasons that led him to Castelo Branco and Porto six months ago, cities where he also played tournaments on the ITF circuit.
“At this point, there are not many tournaments on fast tracks in Europe and I love Portugal, so it fit everything perfectly. Next week I'm going to Acapulco [México] with my brother and, as I haven't played much, I would like to be able to make some meetings here ”, he explained.
In pairs, the Portuguese Gonçalo Falcão and the Turkish Tuna Altuna confirmed the status of pre-designated seconds by beating the French Alexis Musialek and Hugo Pontico, by 7-6 and 6-4.