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The Brazilian with the best position in the world rankings, Wilde reaches the round of 16 at the Rio Open |  Open river

The Brazilian with the best position in the world rankings, Wilde reaches the round of 16 at the Rio Open | Open river

With a large crowd and celebrities, Thiago Wilde made his all-in debut at the Rio Open on Monday night. The Brazilian defeated Chilean Alejandro Tabelo in two sets to one, partial 6/2, 4/6, and 6/4. No. 82 in the world at the age of 23. The Paraná native faced Chile for the first time and is ranked 52nd in the ATP rankings.

Thiago Wilde at the Rio Open – Image: Fotojump

– I won because of you today. Rio is a very special place for me, I also consider it my home. I lived here for many years, and played here many times. It is a very special tournament for me. Thank you again! – exclaimed the Brazilian.

Thiago Wilde at the Rio Open – Image: Fotojump

The Brazilian started the first set struggling to find Tabelo's backhand that ended the first game. Thiago reacted quickly and left everything as it was, wrapping up the next match. Alejandro Tabelo continued to confirm the serve, until Wild was able to make a good response in the fourth game, finding his backhand. The Chilean ended up winning and finished the first group 6/2.

Thiago makes an unforced error, and the Chilean takes the second serve to win the first set

In the second set, the fans came to Thiago, with the presence of actor Rodrigo Santoro in the stands, and excited the athlete, who started the second set by breaking Tabelo’s serve and deciding the first game. The Brazilian saved two break points in the second game, and was able to balance the match and come out in front. With “Grand Willie,” Wilde drove the crowd crazy, but the ball was off. The opponent was able to recover and finished the game in third place.

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Thiago Wilde faces Chile's Alejandro Tabelo in the Rio Open – Image: Rio Open

Thiago almost missed Gran Willy, but Tabello confirmed the service

The Brazilian delivered a beautiful smash to lead the match, and was able to finish off the match against Alejandro. The Chilean added another goal, and Thiago turned the game around, ending the fifth game with two aces. With a three-set point and another ace, Wild won the second set.

With an ace, Thiago closes the second set

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The third set started in a tie but Tabelo quickly took the tiebreak. Thiago saved a break point with an ace and tied the set at two games. Despite committing two double faults, the Brazilian won the match and tied the set. With more confidence, Wilde returned, but the Chilean held his serve, winning the fourth game. With tremendous support from the fans, the Brazilian won the sixth match and finished the match with a score of 6/4.

Thiago goes up to the net well and confirms the service. The game is still linked