The Portuguese Henrique Rocha qualified this Friday, March 10th, for the singles quarter-finals of The Campus Open, which ends tomorrow, March 12th.
Early in the morning, Henrique Rocha (ranked 629th in the ranking ATP) got the better of the 100% Portuguese tussle with Gonçalo Oliveira (489th) for the first round, still behind due to the rain that disrupted the previous rounds, thanks to the 6-4 and 6-1 partials.
This Friday's meeting pitted the two Portuguese players who have already won titles in this series of events costing US$25.000 in the Algarve. Rocha won the 2nd Vila Real de Santo António International Open and Oliveira won the Loulé Open last Sunday.
Already in the afternoon, the 18-year-old maiato surpassed the to qualify Sidane Pontjodikromo (735th), from the Netherlands, by 6-1 and 6-0 in just 62 minutes.
With two wins in one round, Henrique Rocha qualified for the singles quarter-finals for the third time in the four tournaments he has played in the Algarve. Champion in Vila Real de Santo António and fourth finalist in Faro, the maiato only missed this goal in Loulé, where he fell on the first try.
To go one step further on The Campus, the youngster from the High Performance Center of the Portuguese Tennis Federation will have to pass the Chilean Diego Fernandez Flores (936th), who started the week at qualifying and just as he survived two challenges this Friday.
Also in duels of the second round, Jaime Faria (7-5 and 6-2 in favor of Eliakim Coulibaly), Pedro Araújo (6-3 and 6-2 for Kyrian Jacquet) and Fábio Coelho (6-1 and 6-3 signed by Filip Peliwo) were unable to follow in their compatriot's footsteps.
Duarte Vale (552nd ATP) had to go into the game in a late match in the first round and despite having given a very good reply to the British Daniel Cox (412th and eighth seed) he lost in the match tie break, by 6-7(5), 6-2 and 10-5 after 2h32.
In pairs, Jaime Faria and Duarte Vale were the only Portuguese tennis players to ensure their presence in the quarterfinals and thanks to the withdrawal of Sidane Pontjodikromo and Niels Visker.
In the opposite direction, Henrique Rocha/Tiago Pereira, Pedro Araújo/Fábio Coelho, Manuel Guedes de Almeida/Manuel Guise Pinheiro, Francisco Oliveira/Afonso Portugal, Gonçalo Oliveira with the Australian Jason Taylor and Gonçalo Falcão with the Czech Stepan Pecak were eliminated in the first round.