Dreamy! One day after winning the first doubles title, Jaime Faria finished off an ideal week in Castelo Branco by capturing his first international singles title. The 18-year-old Portuguese rookie, ranked 1047 in the ATP rankings, finished the week without dropping a set in either version and set up a great entry into the champions gallery.
In the final, Faria defeated the second favorite, the Frenchman Robin Bertrand (560th), who had already defeated the top seed. The Lisboner triumphed in a match when Jaime Faria shown his ability to handle difficulty with scores of 6-3 and 7-6(6) in 2h07.
The Portuguese attempted a shot from three breaks in the beginning, one on each side. He had a match point at 5-4, on Bertrand’s service, then narrowed the gap in the second game with a service break advantage before entering the tie-break. He lost another championship point there as well before announcing that third times a charm.
After shining with Fábio Coelho to win the doubles trophy, likewise without allowing a single partial escape, a dream week comes to a close with a victory in singles without giving sets and defeating the two key players of the competition.