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PAC Squash Open: Melo Claims First Title Wins On Home Soil

Brazilian No.1 Guilherme Melo has claimed victory on home soil, as he defeated compatriot Diego Gobbi in the final at the Paissandu Atletico Club in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday.

Melo came into the tournament as the No.2 seed, and after receiving a bye through to the second round of the tournament, where he then defeated wildcard Vincent Droesbeke in straight games.

He then came up against Colombia’s Andres Villamizar, the event’s No.6 seed, in the quarter finals, and after dropping the first game 11-2, fought back to win the contest 3-1.

The Brazilian found himself behind twice in the semi-finals, as opponent Bryan Cueto took both the first and third games on tie-breaks. However, Melo was able to bounce back to level the match, before going on to win the deciding game 11-6 to advance.

The World No.176 then took on Diego Gobbi in the final on Sunday, with the top two Brazilians in the game battling over four games. After being level at one game apiece, Melo then was able to pull away from his compatriot, winning 3-1 to secure his first title on Tour.

Results: PAC Squash Open
Final
[2] Guilherme Melo (BRA) bt [3] Diego Gobbi (BRA) 3-1: 11-7, 6-11, 11-8, 11-5

Semi-Finals
[2] Guilherme Melo (BRA) bt [8] Bryan Cueto (MEX) 3-2: 10-12, 11-9, 10-12, 11-2, 11-6
[3] Diego Gobbi (BRA) bt Pedro Mometto (BRA) 3-0: 11-8, 11-3, 11-5

Quarter Finals
[2] Guilherme Melo (BRA) bt [6] Andres Villamizar (COL) 3-1: 2-11, 11-9, 11-5, 11-8
[8] Bryan Cueto (MEX) bt [4] Hassan Khalil (ENG) 3-0: 11-6, 12-10, 11-7
[3] Diego Gobbi (BRA) bt [7] Francesco Marcantonio (PAR) 3-0: 11-5, 11-7, 11-9
Pedro Mometto (BRA) bt [1] Edgar Ramirez Bautista (COL) 3-1: 12-10, 7-11, 11-4, 11-1

Round Two
[2] Guilherme Melo (BRA) bt [WC] Vincent Droesbeke (FRA) 3-0: 12-10, 11-7, 11-6
[6] Andres Villamizar (COL) bt Junior Christovam (BRA) 3-0: 11-9, 11-5, 11-4
[8] Bryan Cueto (MEX) bt Matheus Carbonieri (BRA) 3-0: 11-3, 11-2, 11-5
[4] Hassan Khalil (ENG) bt [WC] Cassiano Silva (BRA) 3-1: 7-11, 11-6, 11-3, 11-5
[3] Diego Gobbi (BRA) bt Vitor Vieira (BRA) 3-1: 11-4, 11-7, 9-11, 11-1
[7] Francesco Marcantonio (PAR) bt [WC] Murilo Fernandes (BRA) 3-1: 11-6, 11-4, 8-11, 11-9
Pedro Mometto (BRA) bt [5] Ricardo Toscano (GUA) 3-0: 11-7, 11-9, 11-8
[1] Edgar Ramirez Bautista (COL) bt [WC] Luis Andre Couto (BRA) 3-0: 11-5, 11-5, 11-4

Round One
[WC] Vincent Droesbeke (FRA) bt [WC] Josemar Silva (BRA): Walkover
[WC] Cassiano Silva (BRA) bt [WC] Samuel Miranda (BRA) 3-0: 11-4, 11-6, 11-4
Vitor Vieira (BRA) bt [WC] Isaias Melo (BRA) 3-1: 7-11, 11-3, 12-10, 11-2
[WC] Murilo Fernandes (BRA) bt [WC] Joao Victor Barbosa (BRA) 3-0: 11-7, 11-7, 11-5
[WC] Luiz Andre Couto (BRA) bt [WC] Brunno Felix (BRA) 3-0: 11-6, 11-4, 11-3

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