Portuguese tennis player Joao Sousa, the 137th player in the world, was eliminated Sunday by 145th place Czech Tomas Macak in the first round of the singles tournament at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, after losing in three matches. groups.
The 32-year-old Souza played the second game, losing 6-7 (5-7), 6-4, 6-4, and failed to beat the 20-year-old opponent, despite winning. the first hiring, in a game that lasts two hours and 34 minutes.
This concludes Portugal’s participation in tennis in Tokyo 2020, at Ariac Tennis Court. Before, Joao Sousa joined Pedro Sousa in pairs, falling in the first round, which actually happened to Pedro Sousa in the singles.
The “hot” and fierce match fell to Tomas Mack, with Joao Sousa breaking the Czechs’ serve at the start hiring, up to 3-1.
Mshak responded in kind, and after two successive outages, one for each side, forced tie breaker. In the tiebreak, the balanced harmony remained, as the Portuguese resolved the issue with a score of 7-5.
not a second hiring, the young tennis player from the Czech Republic did not forgive, and quickly broke the service of Guimarães, who was protesting more and more as the match progressed.
Mshak’s regular match allowed him to take the advantage and close out 6-4, making the decision for third. hiringWhich started with cautious matches on both sides.
The Czech’s new serve break – making aces after aces fly (he finished the match with 12), hidden a high percentage of unforced errors – allowed him to control the match, winning 3-2 and barely in two teams.
With the Portuguese clearly angry, and even exchanging an argument with Machak, he overtook the Czech, who continued, after a match in which he managed to control his tension better than the Portuguese tennis player.
Joao Sousa lamented that the opponent was at a “better level”, after a match he considered “too close”.
“I’m not satisfied, because I lost. Tennis is like that. I didn’t play badly, there was a bit of a level I was looking for for some time. I have to give credit to an opponent who put in a good game. groups So tight, with two of them falling to his side, with a break in the service differential, I had the chance to come back and couldn’t,” he said.
Joao Sousa admitted that he will seek rest and recovery before determining the rest of the season, and has not commented on what a “hot” game is, with plenty of protests and even “hot” conversations between them.
He only said, “It was the heat of the moment, situations I did not agree with, like him.”
The Czechs, “so happy” with the victory, also underestimated what happened and the “disagreements” in Tennis CourtBecause in these situations “after the game it was clear that there were no problems”.
At Rio 2016, Joao Sousa reached the second round, which he also achieved in pairs, as Gastao Elias finished ninth in the doubles tournament.
Portuguese tennis ended its participation in the Olympic Games without brilliance, with three defeats in the same number of matches.
Prior to that, Lisbon player Pedro Sousa lost in his Olympic debut, to Spaniard Alejandro Davidovich Fokina.
Portugal made their debut with a defeat in the first round in Paris 1924, with Rodrigo Castro Pereira, before participating in three editions of the Bernardo Motta Games, in Barcelona 1992 (with Emmanuel Cotto), Atlanta 1996 (Emmanuel Cotto) and Sydney 2000 (Nuno Marquez). ).
A 16-year fast was broken at Rio 2016, with João Sousa reaching a high level and, along with Gastão Elias, achieving ninth place in the championship in pairs.
The two tennis players arrived in the Japanese capital “with high expectations that there will be good matches, that they will play at a good level. The truth is that we can neither in singles nor in pairs”, admitted Joao Sousa.
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