Celikbilek To Challenge Halys In Porto Open Final

Altug Celikbilek (photo: Porto Open)

PORTO, July 3, 2021

Altug Celikbilek of Turkey and Frenchman Quentin Halys will compete in Sunday’s championship match of the €44,820 Porto Open, being held on the hard courts of the Complexo Desportivo Monte Aventino in Porto, Portugal.

Celikbilek eased past Ukrainian veteran Sergiy Stakhovsky 6-2, 6-1 in Saturday’s semi-final. The 24-year-old from Istanbul sent down six aces and won 85 per cent of his first-service points to advance to his second title match of the season after one hour and 10 minutes.


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“It was tough for me to stay on the court today, physically and mentally,” Celikbilek said. “I knew that I had a good chance today because I played him twice in the past. I won the last one and he the one before but the matches were always close. I stayed focused on the court today. It’s absolutely amazing.”

Later in the afternoon, Halys knocked out No. 3 seed Emilio Gomez from Ecuador, the highest-ranked player left in the singles draw, 6-4, 6-4. The World No. 197 from Boulogne-Billancourt capitalized on three of his six break-point opportunities to prevail after one hour and 20 minutes.

Halys is bidding for his third ATP Challenger Tour career title, his first since Nanchnang, China in April 2018. Celikbilek could lift his maiden Challenger trophy after five title wins on the ITF Pro Circuit. Halys won the only previous meeting between the two in the first round of the Recanati Challenger in Italy four years ago.

Andreozzi/Duran clinch doubles title

In other action, Guido Andreozzi and Guillermo Duran of Argentina took their eighth team title. The South American duo battled past Argentine Renzo Olivo and Miguel Angel Reyes-Varela of Mexico 6-7(5), 7-6(5), 11-9. The encounter lasted two hours and 15 minutes.

Andreozzi and Duran split €2,670 in prize money as well as 80 ATP Doubles Ranking points.