Photo: Wander RobertoBrazil F6 - Marcelo Demoliner - singles champion
Marcelo Demoliner, 21, celebrated his first singles final triumph of the past 12-months, winning the 12th edition of the US$ 15,000 Tennis Classic Vivo Nokia Rio Quente Resorts, the Brazil F6 Futures.
In the sunshine and with temperatures around the 40ºC mark, Demoliner beat fellow Brazilian Rodrigo Guidolin 76(5) 64, on the hard courts of the resort, located in Central Brazil, Goias.
“This win was very important to me,” said Demoliner, who last year won a Challenger in Santa Catarina, but had been struggling to get back to form. “For almost a year I didn’t have this feeling of winning a tournament. I wanted to play here to get my confidence back and now I want to enjoy this moment and this wonderful place.” The Rio Quente Resorts hosts the biggest natural (non sulphate) hot water – the name Rio Quente means Hot River - complex in the world, featuring a water park, an artificial beach complete with waves and eight natural swimming pools. “This is one of the best well organized events of the country. It is like playing a Challenger. They treat us very well here and it reflects on the court. It makes us feel Zen.”
Demoliner will next play the Brazil F7 in Marilia, hoping to maintain the winning form displayed here and continue to rise up the ATP World Rankings.