This Tuesday, Fred Gil, Gonçalo Falco, and Rita Freitas achieved three more medals for Portugal in the World Masters Singles Championship, which the Portuguese Tennis Federation and the International Tennis Federation are hosting until August 13. They qualified for the singles semi-finals in their respective classes.
Fred Gil took another step toward the coveted gold, becoming the world vice-champion in 2021 and the first seed in 2022. The former ATP world number 62’s victory on Tuesday was the most authoritarian of the week; to advance to the semifinals, he enforced 6-2 and 6-1 scores on Spaniard Jaume Santo-Valdivieso.
Bronze medal is already certain after this round, but Gil is ambitious and wants more. He must overcome the Indian Ranjeet Virali-Murugesan in the singles final in order to win the silver medal.
Rita Freitas defeated South African Alexandra Dreyer by scores of 6-0 and 6-2 to advance in the same bracket yet again.
The Portuguese woman, who is competing in the solo world championship for the first time in her career, has also already won the bronze medal. She will need to face Slovakia’s Silvia Chuda, the top seed, who defeated Giulianna Oblitas by scores of 6-0 and 6-0 on Tuesday, if she wants to perform better.
Gonçalo Falco, who competes in the +30 age division, won his third victory of the week on Tuesday. His 6-2 and 6-3 victory over the second-seeded Chilean Matias Valdes earned him a trip to the semifinals and the corresponding bronze medal.
The Portuguese, who is the eighth seed, will compare strategies with the German Jens Janssen with the aim of performing even better in his debut tournament as a veteran.
However, Sofia Prazeres (4-6, 6-2, and 6-2 to Susi Fortun Lohrmann at +45), Mauri Brito Gomez (6-4, 3-6, and 6-4 to the Argentine Federico Pontarolo at +40), and Ricardo Ramos (6-3 and 7-5 to Kristian Marquart at +30), were unable to win again and had to leave their respective singles tables.