For the first time since the opening edition of the Rio Open presented by Claro Brazil will have at least one representative on court at the doubles’ draw final, this Saturday, on the last match at Court Guga Kuerten.
This time however, the country will have two players. Wild cards Thomaz Bellucci and Rogério Dutra Silva defeated Argentinian Andres Molteni and Czech Roman Jebavy in an emotional match that ended in one hour and 30 minutes in 6/4 and 7/6 (7/3).
This Saturday they will take on Chilean Nicolas Jarry and Argentinian Maximo Gonzales, the first ones to secure a spot at the final.
The duo upset two time champions of the Rio Open (2014 and 2016) and favorites Colombians Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah in three sets: 3/6, 7/5 and 10/7.
Last time a Brazilian played the decision of the tournament was in 2014, when Marcelo Melo played alongside Spaniard David Marrero _they lost to Cabal and Farah.
Bellucci and Dutra Silva played alongside for the last time in Wimbledon 2017 and lost at the first round.
“It was kind of last minute, we got the invitation and we said: let’s do it. But we’ve been playing well together and it’s great to be on the final, specially because this is an ATP 500 event. It’s also great for the audience here and now we hope to have a full house tomorrow”, said Dutra Silva, who looks for his second trophy playing in the doubles’ draw. In 2017 he won the Brazil Open alongside country mate André Sá.
Bellucci will also try to get his second doubles’ tittle. The only one he won was in Stuttgart, in 2013, playing with Argentinian Facundo Bagnis.
“Of course it is extra special to play a final at home. We feel like we are playing the Davis Cup. As for our rivals tomorrow, they’ve been playing well this week and we know it’s not going to be an easy match. We know them a little bit, so let’s see what we can do”, added Bellucci.
Jarry made it to the Rio Open semis last year but playing at the singles’ draw. He’s got one doubles title in his career, in Quito, last year, playing alongside Chilean Hans Podlipnik-Castillo. His partner, Gonzalez, has five doubles’ titles.