Thiago Monteiro, 90th ATP, first seed and recently champion of the Braga Open, was surprised this Wednesday at the end of the day at the Del Monte Lisboa Belém Open, when he fell in the second round against the Italian Andrea Pellegrino, 258th ATP, with the partials of 6-3 and 7-6 (8).
Despite being living the best year of his career, mainly due to winning the first Challenger title (in Rome in April), but also due to his first participation in Grand Slam tournaments, the transalpino arrived at the Del Monte Lisboa Belém Open with a series of 12 consecutive defeats and impressed by the way he surpassed the big favorite for the title – and champion in Braga for three days – to stamp the victory in a tiebreaker where he saved three set points consecutive.
“It’s a good victory. For the past two or three months I haven’t won any dates. I am very happy for these two victories in Lisbon and I hope to be able to continue like this. In the end I was nervous, he played well and then the tie-break was… anyway, I think I got some luck and then I played three big points at the end. I fought a lot and did good things ”, confessed at the end of the meeting Pellegrino, who will now face the Portuguese Frederick Silva.