Portugal 3 x 1 Brazil: Monteiro fails to shine, Brazil down at Davis – 17/09/2022

Beating Portugal away from dwelling, on a tough court docket, was by no means going to be a straightforward job for the present Davis Cup contending Brazil crew. Joao Sousa (presently ranked 56th on this planet) is an skilled and clever veteran who was as soon as ranked within the prime 30, which speaks volumes for his professionalism and skill to overcome opponents with extra deadly punches; Nuno Borges (#93) is having a good time in singles and doubles and, at the US Open, he broke the rankings with onerous-fought matches and narrowly missed the third spherical; and Borges’ couple and Francisco Cabral achieved glorious outcomes, together with the ATP 250 Estoril title.

A win for Brazil would probably lead to a win for the pair and at the very least a terrific efficiency Thiago Monteiro. And but, with a terrific recreation from Thiago, he ought to win Felipe Meligeni, it could be an underplay towards Sousa or Borges. The dilemma is that Monteiro would not have any main Davis Cup performances on his resume. There are extra wins in winnable matches (Coppejans in Uberlândia, Galan in Barranquilla, Hernandez-Fernandez in Santo Domingo, Soeda and Sugita in Osaka) than in matches that might theoretically be weaker.

This was additionally the case this weekend, in Viana do Castelo. On Friday, when Monteiro Borges took over after shedding a 4-2 lead within the third set, solely a miracle would save Brazil. Not way back, Sousa confirmed in wonderful kind when he already did 6/1 and 6/3 To open the confrontation on Meligeni. When Borges gained 6/7 (5), 6/4 and seven/6 (3)It left captain Jaime Oncins’ crew needing to win the three duels this Saturday.

the associate of Rafael Matosbrilliant as modest, and Felipe Meligeni, who manages to “cover” a few of his weaknesses higher in doubles, gained a slender victory. 6/3, 0/6 and 6/3 To give Brazil survival and hope. It was nonetheless a terrific efficiency from Monteiro, who as soon as once more didn’t come. When Sousa opened up 3-0 within the first set, you can already really feel the distinction of their faces. Thiago hesitated, whereas Sousa attacked with out hesitation with the angle of somebody who knew he had to present his superiority “solely”. Well performed 6/3 and 6/1 and he gained the Portuguese victory.

And now?

As a outcome, Portugal will begin the 2023 Davis Cup season at the Qualifying stage. That is, in case you win your duel in March, you’re going to get a spot within the ultimate stage of the competitors.

Brazil, who began the 2022 Qualifiers after they had been defeated by Germany at the Olympic Center in Rio de Janeiro, have been relegated in follow. In 2023, Oncins and its gamers will begin the yr taking part in within the World Group I qualifiers. They could have to win at this stage and once more in September in 2024 to return to the Qualifiers.

Things I take into consideration:

– Marcelo Melo’s name might not have been made by his brother, Daniel, when Brazil confronted Germany (keep in mind right here). Apart from not having nice outcomes on the circuit, in fact. Perhaps there is no such thing as a extra ambiance for the Minetzal participant within the crew renewed by Jaime Oncins.

– The name of Thiago Wild, who has not achieved any necessary outcomes even within the Challenger circuit, additionally says so much about Oncins’ confidence within the new era of Brazilians at the second.


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