Stephanie and Matos celebrate the couple with an eye towards Paris 2024

Diego Digges
Especially for Brazilian tennis

Melbourne (Australia) – Season undefeated Luisa Stefani of Sao Paulo and Rafael Matos of Rio Grande do Sul proceed to shine in Melbourne and secured a spot in the semi-finals at the Australian Open. After the match, the Brazilian duo spoke with TennisBrazilspeaking about expectations of profitable the match, the expertise of taking part in at Rod Laver Arena and even plans for the 2024 Paris Games.

The match received off to a little bit of a rocky begin for the Brazilians, who noticed their opponents affirm the first sport zero and then have two break factors in the second. “We began a bit extra nervous, despite the fact that we have been taking part in at the Rod Laver Arena. Overall, we dealt with the ups and downs effectively and have been tactically disciplined to win the most essential factors,” analyzed Stefani.

Matos agreed with the nervousness at the begin of the sport, additionally attributable to the indisputable fact that they went into the match as favorites in opposition to the native tennis gamers. “A bit extra nervous than normal on a giant court docket like Rod Laver. I believe the key issue was to make good selections in the essential moments, as a result of on this format with no benefit, effectivity is required,” mentioned the gaucho.

Both the Brazilian duo and the Australian partnership accomplished the warm-up on open courts. Due to the rain forecast, the match group determined to shut the Rod Laver Sunroof throughout the match. “The most important distinction is that the ball weighs extra and the court docket is slower,” Stephanie identified. Matos additionally mentioned that when the court docket is closed, there isn’t a solar to intervene with the serve.

Unaccustomed to the large levels of world tennis, the Brazilian duo loved the indisputable fact that the final two matches have been performed on Margaret Court and Rod Laver. “It’s an honor to play on these courts. It’s not typically that we get the alternative to play doubles on such prestigious courts. A dream come true,” Matos mentioned.

Stefani, who has already performed on Margaret Court, with Bruno Soares in 2021, highlighted the significance for his profession by taking part in doubles at Rod Laver. “We have been very excited after we received the schedule. There have been lots of people watching the video games and the courts listed below are lovely. I believe in the large tournaments you do not have many probabilities, so you must make the most of your expertise and maintain profitable to maintain taking part in in them,” he mentioned.

Playing in a Grand Slam semifinal for the second time in her profession, Stephanie thanked her teaching employees for preserving her wholesome after knee surgical procedure. “I’ve been coaching rather well and working laborious since I began my rehab. I’m very joyful to have reached the semi-finals right here, in my beloved Slam and collectively with Rafa, who’s my good friend”, mentioned the lady from Sao Paulo.

Unlike Stephanie, the gaucho shall be taking part in in her first profession Grand Slam semifinal. The Brazilian tennis participant mentioned that he’s having fun with the second with the participant from Sao Paulo and that he hopes to proceed to play good video games. “I’m joyful that my work is paying off. It will get even cooler whenever you play collectively with a good friend. I’m joyful with each win and I’m having fun with each second on the court docket,” Matos mentioned.

In the semi-final, the Brazilians will face one other pair of Australians. They face Olivia Gadecki and Mark Polmans, who defeated Madison Inglis and Jason Kubler 6/3 6/2. The match shall be performed this morning Wednesday, shut of the program from Rod Laver Arena.

With their invincibility on court docket and their friendship off, the Brazilians haven’t confirmed they’ll play collectively in the subsequent Grand Slams, however Stefani left an invitation for Matos up in the air. “After this marketing campaign, I believe it could be nice to play extra tournaments collectively, additionally as a result of I’m excited about Paris 2024,” he mentioned. The gaucho smiled and restricted himself to saying, “We play effectively collectively. There is an efficient probability of that occuring.”

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