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Rafael Matos debuts with the victory, Wild falls in the 2nd round in Rome

This Saturday morning (11th), national tennis had one joy and two regrets at the Masters 1000 in Rome. First, Rafael Matos debuted in the doubles round together with Argentine Andres Molteni and won his match. Thiago Wild, however, lost in the second round of the singles against an Argentinian, Tomas Etcheverry. And Marcelo Melo also fell in doubles.

The good news is that Rafael and Andres faced the French Adrian Mannarino and the Spanish Pedro Martinez and won by 2 sets to 0 (6/3 and 6/0). Thus, the hour-long match had a rubber in the second set. Thus the Brazilian, who occupies 43rd place in the doubles rankings, is back in the top-40, his partner is 15th. The debut included a match against tennis players ranked above the top 250 in doubles.

Rafael and Andres especially made good use of the first serve, 74% compared to 65% of the opposing pair. Furthermore, serve was broken only once during the entire match, in the third game of the first set. However, he broke his opponents’ serve on five occasions, in the previous match and in 4/3 of the first half. And three more in the decisive part.

Defeat in singles

However, in the singles round, Thiago Wild did not have the same luck. Facing the Argentine Tomas Etcheverry, the Brazilian was defeated two hours into the match by 2 sets to 0 (6/3 and 7/5). In the first set, two opponent breaks determined the partial, the first when the match was at 2/2. So on 3/5 we closed the account.

Thiago tried to react in the second set, starting with a break in front. It reached 5/1, with a new break, but it allowed the Argentine tennis player, seeded 25th in the tournament, to react. Not only did the opponent draw, but they also won six games in a row to close out the match.

Defeat in doubles

Marcelo Melo did not have the same performance as his compatriot in the doubles round. Then, playing alongside German Alexander Zverev, the Brazilian lost in the second round of the tournament. They faced Alexander Bublik, from Kazakhstan, and Ben Shelton, from the United States, and lost 2 sets to 1, coming back (2/6, 6/3 and 10/7).

Source: Terra

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