Frederico Silva goes to the ‘quarter’ in Tampere, João Domingues stays on the way

Frederico Silva has been steadily improving, and he recently demonstrated this by advancing to the semi-finals of the Finnish Challenger in Tampere. The caldense is gearing up to dispute the ‘quarter’ of a Challenger for the fifth time this season in search of the second semi-finals and, who knows, the first final in 2022. The team is trying to climb the rankings again after injuries slowed its progress.

In a match that lasted just over two hours, the world No. 257 beat the world No. 188, an Argentine named Nicolas Kicker, with scores of 7-6(5) and 7-5. Kiko won the first set in a tie-break after trailing 5-3, while he himself blew a 5-3 lead in the second. Nonetheless, he responded admirably to the setback by winning the next two games to keep himself in contention for the title in Tampere.

After Joo Domingues (313th) lost to the Frenchman Harold Mayot (395th) 7-5 and 7-5, Frederico Silva was the only Portuguese representative left in the tournament and will now face the winner of the match between first seed Juan Manuel Cerundolo and Lorenzo Giustino.