The Portuguese tennis player Pedro Sousa, 105th-ranked world player, qualified for the knockout round of the ‘challenger’ tournament in Murcia on Saturday by beating host Gerard Granoller-Pujol, 450th.
The first seed in the race, who was exempt from the opening round, took to the ground in two sets for the 6-2 and 6-3 in one hour and 12 minutes.
Pedro Sousa completely dominated the initial set, in which he reached 4-0, contrary to what happened in the second, where he was losing 3-0 after suffering the first and only ‘break’ in the whole meeting.
In the last 16, the Portuguese player will face the winner of the clash between Dutchman Tallon Griekspoor, 210th ATP, and Spanish Oriol Roca Batalla, 357th.
On Monday, in a first-round encounter, João Domingues (221st world player) was eliminated, losing with Brazilian Thomas Bellucci (226th) by 3-6, 6-4 and 6-0.