Rio de Janeiro: Brazilian tennis player Thiago Monteiro, ranked 338th in the world, pulled off one of the biggest shocks of the Rio Open here by beating Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, currently ranked World No.9.
Monteiro beat his much-favoured opponent in three sets on Wednesday. The home-based athlete took the lead with a 6-3 success in the first set, before Tsonga levelled by the same margin. But Monteiro managed a memorable victory, winning the third set 6-4 to progress to the next round, as per reports.
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The last time a Brazilian tennis player upset one of the world’s best was in 2012 when Thomaz Bellucci beat David Ferrer of Spain in the second round of the 1,000 Masters in Monte Carlo. This year Thomaz Bellucci squandered a lead to lose to Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov in the first round of the ATP Rio Open.
The 21-year-old will now face Uruguayan Pablo Cuevas, who is ranked 34th.
Monteiro was as high as second in the junior rankings, but has suffered a series of injuries over recent years.