Daniel Battles Into Lisboa Belém Open Final

Taro Daniel (photo: Fernando Correia/Lisboa Belém Open)

LISBON, June 17, 2017

Third seed Taro Daniel from Japan and Germany’s Oscar Otte will play Sunday’s singles final of the inaugural €43,000 Lisboa Belém Open.

Daniel fought past Italian youngster Gianluigi Quinzi, winning 7-6, 7-6. The World No. 93 sent down six aces and broke serve three times to prevail after two hours and two minutes.

“It was physically a tough match. I liked to have played a little more aggressively, but I was nervous and did not start in the best way. He has a tricky game but I think I was able to stay mentally strong and that was the most important thing,” Daniel was pleased afterwards.

Otte won 75 per cent of his first service points against Attila Balazs from Hungary to secure a 7-6, 6-2 victory in one hour and 12 minutes.

Ruan Roelofse and Cristopher Rungkat (photo: Fernando Correia/Lisboa Belém Open)

The finalists will meet for the first time. Otte eyes clinching his maiden title on the ATP Challenger Tour. Daniel will try to win his sixth Challenger career crown, his second of the season, following his triumph in Buenos Aires in March.

Ruan Roelofse from South Africa and Christopher Rungkat captured their maiden team title on the ATP Challenger Tour, winning the doubles final 7-6, 6-1 over the all-Portugues-combination of Fred Gil and Goncalo Oliveira. The encounter lasted one hour and 11 minutes.