Ribeiro Wins Back-To-Back Titles At Brasil Tenis Classic

Eduardo Ribeiro (photo: João Pires/Fotojump)


Eduardo Ribeiro has clinched back-to-back titles at the Ano III – Brasil Tenis Classic. Following his maiden triumph on the Pro Circuit in Recife last week, the 24-year-old Brazilian lifted the trophy of the ITF World Tennis Tour M15 clay-court event in Brasilia.

Ribeiro defeated first-time finalist and World No. 656 Lorenzo Gagliardo of Argentina 6-2, 6-2 in the championship match on Sunday. The fourth seed capitalized on six of his seven break-point chances and outpointed his rival 57-47 after one hour and 18 minutes.

“I dedicate this title to my father, my coach, my team,” Ribeiro said during the trophy ceremony. “At various times I needed them, when no one else believed that I would make it, we kept fighting and we are here, with two titles in a row. I’m very happy, I honestly thought I was ready to win tournaments, but I confess that I didn’t think it would be so soon.”

Ribeiro, who is projected to break into the Top 600 of the ATP Rankings for the first time, spent more than 15 hours on court this week in Brasilia including singles and doubles. In the second round, he had to save match points in a nearly four-hour battle against Gabriel Ciro da Silva.

Eduardo Ribeiro’s campaign to the title:

1st round – João Rafael Azzolin Vieira (BRA), 6/2 6/1
2nd round – d. Gabriel Ciro da Silva (BRA), 6/7(5), 7/6(10) 6/4
Quarterfinals – d. João Victor Loureiro (BRA), 6/7(4) 3/6
Semifinals – d. Orlando Luz (BRA), 3/6, 6/2 6/3
Final – d. Lorenzo Gagliardo (ARG), 6/2 6/2