Brazilians Dominate The Action At Florianopolis Challenger

Orlando Luz (photo: Luiz Candido, CBT)


Four Brazilians booked their spots in the second round of the Dove Men & Care – La Legión Florianopolis, a $52,080 ATP Challenger Tour clay-court tournament being held at the Lagoa Iate Clube in Florianopolis, in the South region of Brazil.

Orlando Luz battled past battled past Roberto Cid Subervi from the Dominican Republic 6-4, 6-7(7), 6-3. The World No. 300 capitalized on seven of his 11 break-point chances to prevail after two hours and 49 minutes.

“I’m very happy with the victory. I knew how to manage the third set well after missing two match points in the second set. I felt a little cramp until the end and I knew how to deal with it and kept fighting,” Luz said.

The 23-year-old Carazinho native will next take on fellow Brazilian and doubles partner Igor Marcondes. The qualifier upset No. 7 seed Andrea Collarini of Argentina 6-3, 6-3 after one hour and 22 minutes.

“The match will be tough like all the others and I hope to be able to impose my game as I have been doing in other matches,” World No. 524 Marcondes said and is looking forward to the clash with his friend.


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In other action, Matheus Pucinelli de Almeida emerged victorious from the all-Brazilian affair with No. 3 seed Thiago Seyboth Wild, winning 6-4, 6-2. The 20-year-old from Campinas landed 80 per cent of his first serves and won 73 per cent of his first-service points to advance after one hour and 22 minutes.

World No. 286 Pucinelli de Almeida, a winner of three titles on the ITF World Tennis Tour this season, will next take on Argentine Genaro Alberto Oliveiri.

Daniel Dutra Silva beat fellow Brazilian and qualifier Wilson Leite 6-3, 6-4 in one hour and 43 minutes and will play No. 5 seed Nicolas Kicker from Argentina in the second round.

Second-seeded Bolivian Hugo Dellien opened his title bid with a 7-6(0), 6-2 win over his compatriot Federico Zeballos after one hour and 32 minutes. Up next for the World No. 119 will be Hernan Casanova of Argentina.

Last week’s Sao Paulo Challenger champion Juan Pablo Ficovich fell in the first round. After only 65 minutes, the No. 8 seed from Argentina lost 6-3, 6-0 to Colombian qualifier Nicolas Barrientos, who will next oppose Argentine alternate Gonzalo Villanueva.

ATP Challenger Florianopolis – Tuesday Results 

Orlando Luz (BRA) d. Roberto Cid Subervi (DOM) – 6/4, 6/7, 6/3

Hugo Dellien (BOL) d. Federico Zeballos (BOL) – 7/6, 6/2

Nicolas Kicker (ARG) d. Luciano Darderi (ITA) – 7/5, 6/4

Hernan Casanova (ARG) d. Pedja Krstin (SRB) – 5/7, 6/1, 6/2

Igor Marcondes (BRA) d. Andrea Collarini (ARG) – 6/3  6/3

Gonzalo Villanueva (ARG) d. Pedro Boscardin Dias (BRA) 4/6, 7/5, 6/2

Nicolas Barrientos (COL) d. Juan Pablo Ficovich (ARG) – 6/3, 6/0

Daniel Dutra da Silva (BRA) d. Wilson Leite (BRA) – 6/3, 6/4

Juan Ignacio Londero (ARG) d. Gustavo Heide (BRA) – 7/5, 7/5

Matheus Pucinelli de Almeida (BRA) d. Thiago Seyboth Wild – 6/4, 6/2


Luca Castelnuovo (SUI)/Alexander Merino (PER) d. Jamie Cerretani (USA)/Luca Margaroli (SUI) – 7/6(2), 6/3

Alejandro Gonzalez (COL)/ Federico Zeballos (BOL) d. Luis David Martinez (VEN)/Fernando Romboli (BRA) – 6/4, 6/3