Rising Star João Fonseca bows out in ATP 500 Rio quarter-finals

His audience will miss him. Revealed to the eyes of the world during his home tournament this week, João Fonseca saw his fine run come to an end in the quarter-finals of the ATP 500 Rio. Beaten in three sets by the Argentinian Mariano Navone (2-6, 6-3, 6-3), on the night from Friday to Saturday, the 17-year-old player gave everything, but he notably failed physically.

No matter, the winner of the 2023 US Open juniors won his first success on the ATP circuit and magnificently used his wild card. Above all, he will climb 312 places in the next ATP ranking which will fall on Monday. Ranked 655th on Monday February 19, he will move to 343rd. A lot of work still awaits him to first reach the top 150-200, then the top 100. Currently, he needs 449 points to reach the latter. Everything in its time.

Argentina was celebrating in the quarter-finals in Rio. The Albiceleste players placed all their arrows in the last square. Mariano Navone, the other revelation of the week, Sebastian Baez (winner of Tiago Monteiro: 6-4, 1-6, 6-2) and Francisco Cerundolo (who beat Dusan Lajovic: 3-6, 6-4, 6 -4) all won after great fights. Winner of Thiago Seyboth Wild (6-1, 3-6, 6-2), the Briton Cameron Norrie will challenge Navone in the half, before again crossing swords with an Argentinian in the final.

2024-02-24 09:32:00
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