Italian Job

Rui Machado’s latest outing in an Ortobello Challenger ended at the quarter-final stage after a three set defeat by the Ukraine’s Oleksander Jr.

The Algarvean had started well into the tournament with back-to-back victories over Italian Daniele Bracciali and the Czech Republic’s Jiri Vanek.

Both Machado, who is threatining to break into the world’s top 100, and Portuguese No1 Frederico Gil will be hoping to gain direct entry into the main draw of the US Open which begins at the end of this month.