Leite Books Quarterfinal Berth At Challenger Salvador

Wilson Leite (photo: Luiz Cândido/CBT)


Brazilian qualifier Wilson Leite continued his fine run of form this week on home soil by reaching the quarterfinals of the Challenger 80 Dove Men+Care Salvador. The World No. 585 defeated Facundo Juarez of Argentina 6-2, 6-4 on Wednesday.

Leite capitalized on six of his 11 break-point chances and won 56 per cent of the total points played to seal victory in one hour and 50 minutes. The 30-year-old Rio de Janeiro native, a winner of six titles on the ITF Pro Circuit, will next take on Joao Domingues. The World No. 389 from Portugal rallied past Nick Hardt from the Dominican Republic 4-6, 6-0, 6-1 after two hours and 32 minutes.

“I came out of qualifying, I’ve been feeling good since the beginning, rocking every match,” Leite said. “Today I started better than yesterday’s game. It got a little complicated in the end, but everything went well.”

Tomas Barrios Vera, the top seed of the $53,120 clay-court event hosted by the Costa Verde Tenis Clube, also booked his spot in the stage of the last eight. The World No. 145 from Chile beat Brazilian wild card Joao Lucas Reis da Silva 6-3, 7-6(1). Barrios Vera broke his rival’s serve six times to prevail after two hours of play.

Up next for the 24-year-old Chillan native will be his compatriot Gonzalo Lama. The No. 8 seed battled past 20-year-old local wild card entry Gustavo Heide 7-6(3), 0-6, 7-6(3) in two hours and 49 minutes, the longest encounter of the day.


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Wednesday Results 

Singles – Second Round

Gonzalo Lama (CHI) d. Gustavo Heide (BRA) – 7/6(3) 0/6 7/6(5)

Tomas Barrios Vera (CHI) d. João Reis Da Silva (BRA) – 6/3 7/6(1)

Wilson Leite (BRA) d. Facundo Juarez (ARG) – 6/2 6/4

João Domingues (POR) d. Nick Hardt (DOM) – 4/6 6/0 6/1

Doubles – First Round

Orlando Luz (BRA) / Felipe Meligeni Rodrigues Alves (BRA) d. Nicolas Alvarez (PER) / Francisco Comesana (ARG) – 6/2 6/4

Adrian Andreev (BUL) / Jorge Panta (PER) d. Pedro Boscardin Dias (BRA) / Gustavo Heide (BRA) – 6/3 2/1 ret

Tomas Barrios Vera (CHI) / Luis Martinez (VEN) d. Conner Huertas del Pino (PER) / Alexander Merino (PER) – 7/5 6/2

João Loureiro (BRA) / Eduardo Ribeiro (BRA) d. Alejo Lingua Lavallen (ARG) / Juan Torres (ARG) – wo

Wilson Leite (BRA) / João Reis Da Silva (BRA) d. Cayetano March (ECU) / Pol Martin Tiffon (ESP) – 6/3 6/0

Hernan Casanova (ARG) / Santiago Rodriguez Taverna (ARG) d. Matias Descotte (ARG) / Gonzalo Villanueva (ARG) – 6/4 7/6(4)

Diego Hidalgo (ECU) / Cristian Rodriguez (COL) d. Facundo Juarez (ARG) / Tomas Lipovsek Puches (SLO) – 6/4 6/3

Nick Hardt (DOM) / Matias. Zukas (ARG) d. Daniel Dutra da Silva (BRA) / Gilbert Klier Junior (BRA) – 7/5 6/2