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17/10/2010
TOUR DE LAS AMERICAS 2010
 

Raphael Revels In Unique Home Victory

Tour De Las Americas Brazil Open, Belo Horizonte, Brazil

Raphael Revels In Unique Home Victory

Victory in the final of the 'Tour De Las Americas' Brazil Open made Brazilian number one Rafael F Alarcon the first home player to win his country's national open squash title in the 17 years that the championship has been a PSA World Tour event.

The 33-year-old top seed reached the climax of the $10,000 event at the Academia Winner in Belo Horizonte without dropping a game.

South African Stephen Coppinger, the second seed, also battled his way to the final with a clean sheet - and twice led Alarcon in the match before the home favourite forced a fifth game decider.

Fittingly, the match was the longest of the tournament - in which world No46 Alarcon ultimately prevailed 2-11, 11-6, 5-11, 11-4, 11-4 after 80 minutes over the opponent who stands just one place ahead in the latest world rankings.

The victory marks the 16th PSA Tour title of Alarcon's career - and his third this year.

1st round:
[1] Rafael F Alarcon (BRA) bt Chris Fuller (ENG) 11-8, 11-9, 11-7 (45m)
Rodrigo Torres (COL) bt [8] Nahuel Hernan Ramos (ARG) 11-6, 8-11, 9-11, 11-4, 11-9 (65m)
[4] James Snell (ENG) bt [Q] Antonio Jose Christovam Junior (BRA) 11-5, 11-6, 11-6 (32m)
[6] Manoel Pereira (BRA) bt Adam Murrills (ENG) 11-9, 11-9, 7-11, 11-8 (72m)
[5] Esteban Casarino (PAR) bt [Q] Vinicius Rodrigues (BRA) 11-7, 10-12, 11-9, 11-5 (42m)
[3] Christopher Gordon (USA) bt [Q] Yuri Franca (BRA) 11-9, 11-6, 11-7 (58m)
[7] Bart Ravelli (NED) bt [Q] Josimar Silva (BRA) 13-11, 11-3, 11-6 (40m)
[2] Stephen Coppinger (RSA) bt Pedro Veiga (BRA) 11-1, 11-3, 11-3 (17m)

Quarter-finals:
[1] Rafael F Alarcon (BRA) bt Rodrigo Torres (COL) 11-1, 11-9, 11-9 (35m)
[4] James Snell (ENG) bt [6] Manoel Pereira (BRA) 11-4, 11-5, 11-5 (38m)
[5] Esteban Casarino (PAR) bt [3] Christopher Gordon (USA) 11-8, 11-13, 11-8, 11-8 (64m)
[2] Stephen Coppinger (RSA) bt [7] Bart Ravelli (NED) 11-8, 11-4, 11-8 (45m)

Semi-finals:
[1] Rafael F Alarcon (BRA) bt [4] James Snell (ENG) 11-8, 11-7, 11-8 (40m)
[2] Stephen Coppinger (RSA) bt [5] Esteban Casarino


Final:
[1] Rafael F Alarcon (BRA) bt [2] Stephen Coppinger (RSA) 2-11, 11-6, 5-11, 11-4, 11-4 (80m)