Melo played Farah this week and joined Pierce in Miami
Phoenix (USA) – The Brazilian participation in the Phoenix Challenger came to an end this Thursday, with the fall of Marcelo Melo in his doubles debut. Minero was joined by Colombian Robert Farah, but they were beaten by Frenchmen Grégoire Barrère and Quentin Hollis at odds of 6/1 and 6/3.
In a match that lasted 57 minutes, Melo and Farah failed to capitalize on four break-points on the Frenchman’s serve, and suffered two breaks in each set. While the first set was a bit more even, Barrer and Hollis lost just four points on serve in the second.
39-year-old Marcelo Melo from Minas Gerais is currently ranked 39th in the doubles experts rankings. He now heads to the Miami Masters 1000 The Australian will play alongside John Peers. The tournament in Florida begins next Wednesday.
Algozes de Melo and Farah, Barrere and Halys face the Americans this Thursday Nathaniel Lammons and Jackson WithrowHe defeated Rafael Matos and Spaniard David Vega Hernandez two days ago.
Brazil wins doubles in Chile
The doubles semifinals feature Orlando Luz of Rio Grande do Sul and Marcelo Jorman of São Paulo. Challenge from Viña del Mar, on clay soils in Chile. The Brazilian defeated Britain’s Elbert Barr and Argentina’s Camilo Carabelli 6/3 and 6/4. The next contenders are Ecuador’s Diego Hidalgo and Colombia’s Cristian Rodriguez, the top seeds.
Also in the doubles quarter-finals, Sao Paulo’s Daniel Dutra da Silva and Argentina’s Gonzalo Villanueva lost to Italy’s Luciano Tarteri and Andrea Vavassori 7/6 (7-5) and 6/4. The Italian duo faced Fernando Rompoli and Ruben Gonzalez of the Philippines, who had a 6-3 2-1 win over local guests Daniel Antonio Nunez and Sebastian Sandibanez in a rain-interrupted match. They return to court this Friday afternoon, with a chance to play in the semi-finals on the same day.
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