22 Nov 2017

ITF Pro Circuit meets... Daniel Dutra da Silva

Text Interview

By Nick Fishpool

Photo: João Pires/ FotojumpDaniel Dutra da Silva (BRA)

During the week of 6 November 2017 in Corrientes, Argentina, Daniel Dutra da Silva claimed his third singles title of 2017 and in doing so further extended his lead as the number one ITF Pro Circuit singles title winner from Brazil.

Dutra da Silva moved onto 23 career wins with this latest victory in what was his sixth appearance in a final this year placing him six titles clear of his closest rival Caio Zampieri.

"It's a good feeling but I am not focused on the number of Futures trophies that I have achieved," admitted the 29-year-old when informed of his improved title count standing amongst his fellow Brazilians.

Having been hampered by injuries during his career which saw him out of action for almost a year following a 2009 shoulder injury and wrist problems in 2016, the former ATP World Number 231, now ranked at 354, is focussing on his main goal of competing at the highest level like his brother Rogerio, ranked one place outside the ATP Top 100.

"I want to be in the Top 100 to play Grand Slams and ATP Masters 1000, like all the players," he states and sees the addition of, hopefully, travelling with his coach in 2018 as a key component in achieving his goals. "At the level that I want to achieve if my coach travels with me I will have more improvements to my tennis level.

Next year I want to invest in my career so that I can travel with my coach. That is why I want to finish the season in the Top 300 to have more money to invest in tennis. I think it is essential to travel with the coach to improve in the ATP rankings."

Currently though he continues to compete on the ITF Pro Circuit and at Challenger tournaments and is enjoying regular competition: "I love playing tennis, so if I am playing Futures or Challengers It doesn´t matter for me as long as I am playing."

Daniel Dutra da Silva (BRA)2017 has seen Dutra da Silva making advances in his physical condition to further help his on court play: "I think this year I had a huge emphasis on my physical condition, I have changed my fitness coach."

Now working with Sebastian Morelli, the Argentine has also accompanied Dutra da Silva some weeks when he has been competing in Morelli’s homeland,

As this current tennis season draws to a close, Dutra da Silva reflected upon the year so far saying: "It´s been a very good year, I played more than 20 tournaments. I had good results in Europe and South America, so I believe this year will end even better."

Having already laid out his intention of aiming for a Top 300 finish to 2017, Dutra da Silva will be looking for a good run of form and results in his remaining tournaments, starting this week in Sao Paulo, Brazil. "I will still play six more ITF Futures," he says before reiterating: "I hope I can finish the year in the Top 300."