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João Sousa starts with Busta in search of the best record ever

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Solo in Paris, after João Domingues’s second-round qualifying round and Pedro Sousa, missed the lead by two positions, the national number one and 70th place in the world ranking returns to Paris after a year ago for the debut, losing to Argentine Guido Pella.

The Portuguese tennis player João Sousa will have as the first opponent in Roland Garros the Spanish Pablo Carreño Busta, who will seek to eliminate to try to reach and overcome the second round, his best record in the second Grand Slam of the season.

Solo in Paris, after João Domingues’s second-round qualifying round and Pedro Sousa, missed the lead by two positions, the national number one and 70th place in the world ranking returns to Paris after a year ago for the debut, losing to Argentine Guido Pella.

The 30-year-old minhoto has not been happy at Roland Garros – four times in the second round as best – and also missed the second round in the eight clay-court tournaments of the year but was well on the last two races of the ‘ Grand Slam ‘, reaching the’ eighth ‘at the US Open and the third round in Australia.

In addition to good performances in the two Majors, João Sousa has the theoretical advantage of facing his friend Pablo Carreño Busta, number 56 of the ATP hierarchy, who have not won a meeting since January.

The Spaniard, the former world champion and partner of the Portuguese player in some pair events, contracted an injury to his right shoulder in February and only returned to the ATP 500 competition in Barcelona, ​​where he lost on Matchday 1, as happened at the Estoril Open and at the 1,000 Masters in Madrid and Rome.

Despite reaching the third round a year ago and having reached the ‘quarters’ in 2017, Carreño Busta is at a disadvantage in the direct confrontation with João Sousa (2-1), although they have never met in the ‘brick powder’.

In the event of a victory, the Vimaranense will play in the second round with the winner of the duel between Australian Alex de Minaur, 24th place ATP, and American Bradley Klahn (88th ATP) to try to surpass his best result in Roland Garros, the tournament that distributes 42.5 million euros in monetary prizes and will run from May 26 to June 09 in Paris.

The 90th edition of the Parisian Major, in addition to awarding 2.3 million euros to each of the singles champions, will present a renewed ‘court’ Philippe Chatrier, which was demolished by 80 percent and re-raised in the last ten months, with capacity for 15 thousand people and a new stage, the Simonne Mathieu, with 5,000 seats.

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