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João Fonseca Makes Waves: Youngest Brazilian in Rio Open Quarterfinals Since Kuerten

The Rio Open presented by Claro's 10th edition is making history with three Brazilians aiming for the semifinals. Thiago Monteiro, Thiago Wild, and João Fonseca will be battling it out on the Guga Kuerten court this Friday.

João Fonseca, from Rio, is making waves as the youngest Brazilian since Gustavo Kuerten to reach the ATP quarterfinals. He defeated the 2020 champion, Chilean Cristian Garin, with a score of double 6/4 in just 1 hour and 31 minutes.

João Fonseca, Photo/Fotojump

At 17 years and 6 months, Fonseca joins an elite group of the youngest players to reach an ATP quarterfinal since 2000, including Rafael Nadal, Alexander Zverev, Karen Khachanov, and Kei Nishikori.

Reflecting on his performance, Fonseca expressed his disbelief at living this dream and his determination to keep going. He credited his growth, both technically and mentally, and thanked the fans for their support during tough moments in the game.

"I feel like I'm living a dream. I'm thrilled with my progress, not just in my game but also personally. Today was tense, but I stayed focused and adapted well. The fans played a crucial role, helping me bounce back after setbacks. You have to embrace their energy, especially in tough times," Fonseca said.

Fonseca also celebrated the success of fellow Brazilians Thiago Monteiro and Thiago Wild, and looked forward to facing Argentine Mariano Navone in the upcoming match.

"I'm ecstatic! Both Thiagos are great friends, and achieving this alongside them is incredible. I'm grateful for everyone's support and hungry for more," Fonseca remarked.

Looking ahead to the match against Navone, Fonseca acknowledged the challenge but expressed confidence in his ability to compete against the Argentine player.

"Navone is tough; we've played before, and he's in good form. But I'm ready for the challenge. He's fast and precise, but so am I," Fonseca concluded.

By ML Staff. Image courtesy of Fotojump.


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