Double trouble

The best two Portuguese male tennis players of the moment, Frederico Gil and Rui Machado, faced each other at the quarter-final stage of a valuable Tunis challenger last week before teaming up in Estoril.

On that occasion, Gil came out on top 6-1, 7-6 – unfortunately there will be no repeat of that match in front of home fans as Machado lost out 5-7, 6-1, 5-7 to Spain’s Oscar Hernandez in round one of Portugal’s principal ATP tournament. The reigning national champion from Faro enjoyed no more luck when united with Gil, the pair exiting 6-3, 7-5 to America’s Mardy Fish and David Martin in the doubles. Back in the singles, Gil was due to face James Blake while wild card and No1 seed Gilles Simon eased into the second round, but former champion David Nalbandian was unceremoniously dumped out 6-2, 6-2 by fellow South American Paul Capeville.