The Portuguese tennis player João Sousa showed on Wednesday “very happy for the victory” guaranteed in a “battle of friends” on Pablo Carreno Busta in the second round of the US Open, which takes place in Flushing Meadows, United States.
“It was a very beautiful encounter and one that I will certainly remember. I came to a very good level,” stressed the Vimaranense, bemoaning the physical problem of the Spanish and 12th seed that prevented him from completing the clash when the result was in 4-6, 6-3, 5-7, 6-2 and 2-0.
Despite his long-time friend’s retirement, minhoto claims it was a “very tough challenge not only physically but mentally” that ended his qualification for the third round of the fourth Grand Slam tournament of the season.
“I made an excellent meeting and, in the end, I believe I was able to be superior and that’s where I won, but I and Pablo made an excellent encounter,” said João Sousa, who will have French Lucas Pouille as his next opponent. . ATP).
In addition to equaling his best record at Flushing Meadows, the national number one and 68th ATP achieved one of the best results of his career, only surpassed by the victory against the then fourth best player of the world David Ferrer in Kuala Lumpur – towards his first ATP title in 2013 – Alexander Zverev (5th ATP) at Indian Wells this year and Kei Nishikori in the knockout stage of Tokyo (2016), when the Japanese were the fifth best tennis player in the world.
In a Grand Slam, the triumph before Carreno Busta represents the best record of the Portuguese player, after the victory achieved against Feliciano Lopez, then 18th ATP, in the 2016 edition of the US Open.