Duarte Vale, ranked 568th in the world and the third seed in the ITF M25 tournament in Idanha-a-Nova, advanced to the quarterfinals on Thursday morning. This is Vale’s second consecutive tournament in Idanha-a-Nova, but he decided not to play in the previous week’s tournament.
After five very successful years on the American university circuit (University of Florida), the Cascais tennis player is making his professional debut by defeating his countryman Jaime Faria, 18 and ranked 1090th on the ATP. The match lasted 1 hour and 20 minutes, and the former Australian Open junior doubles finalist lost only two (!) points on his first serve. The sixth-seeded Portuguese Pedro Arajo will face the qualifier Spaniard Miguel Garcia, while Vale will wait for the winner of that match.
In the second round, the Japanese Rio Noguchi, ranked 478 and the winner of the first ITF of Idanha-a-Nova, defeated the young Brazilian Hugo Maia, who is also a student in the United States (at Virginia Tech), 6-4, 6-2, in one hour and fifteen minutes.