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João Sousa, the high concentration and a "surgical break"

by Ace Damon
João Sousa, the high concentration and a "surgical break"

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Portuguese tennis player will face South African Lloyd Harris (111th ATP) in the quarterfinals in Chengdu on Friday.

Joao Sousa said on Thursday "very happy for the win in singles" against Canadian Félix Auger-Aliassime, "an excellent player who has been evolving a lot in recent times" to reach the quarter-finals in Chengdu.

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Portuguese number one and 62nd placed ATP defeated the 19-year-old Canadian, who occupies 20th place in the world hierarchy, in three sets, with 6-4, 6-7 (5-7) partials and 6-4, in a meeting resolved in two hours and 10 minutes.

"It was a very good win for me. I managed to be very focused throughout the match, maintain a very good level throughout the three sets and that's what allowed me to have a surgical break at the end which eventually gave me the victory." , explained the 30-year-old minhoto.

After overcoming "a very demanding match, both mentally and physically" and admitting to being "very happy to have passed this challenge in the best way", João Sousa will face South African Lloyd Harris () on Friday ( 111th ATP), who eliminated Serbian Dusan Lajovic by double 6-3.

After securing continuity in the Chengdu ATP 250 singles race, the Portuguese and Moldovan partner Radu Albot lost to Ivan Dodig and Filip Polasek 6-4 6-3.

"In pairs, unfortunately, we could not win, they were better than us," said Sousa, stressing that it is "time to enjoy the singles victory for tomorrow (Friday) to give everything for trying to win."

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