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Portuguese tennis player defeated in quarterfinals of Chengdu ATP 250 tournament.
Tennis player Joao Sousa regretted not being able to "play to a good level" against South African Lloyd Harris, who beat the Portuguese in the quarterfinals of the Chengdu ATP 250 tournament 6-7 (5-7), 6- 4 and 6-4. "I'm sorry I couldn't play at the same level as I played in the first two rounds. Maybe I found some nervousness that didn't allow me to play at that good level," he said.
Despite losing in the quarterfinals, Portugal's number one and 62nd in the ATP rankings gave all the merit of victory to the 22-year-old South African, who occupies 111th place in the world rankings.
"He played at a great level and managed to serve very well in the important moments, as well as being able to contradict my style of play", acknowledged João Sousa, arguing that he had "another good and positive week" in China. .
While Lloyd Harris will play Kazakh Alexander Bublik in the semi-finals, who eliminated Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov 5-7, 7-6 (9-7) and 7-6 (7-3), João Sousa will "rest and prepare next week "in Japan, where it will play the Tokyo ATP 500 tournament.
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