SANTIAGO.- Paul Capdeville (ATP No.91) achieved an unheard of career triumph today after making it to the semi-finals of an ATP tournament, following his victory over Spanish tennis player Óscar Hernández (ATP No.69) in Estoril, Portugal.
The Chilean defeated his counterpart by 4-6, 6-1 and 6-4 in two hours and 11 minutes of game play and will attempt to reach the final match of the tournament going up against Spanish player Albert Montañés (ATP No.35).
Chile's number two player did not get off to a good start, however, on the clay courts of Portugal. His Spanish rival broke in the first game and while Capdeville immediately returned the break, he once again fell in the seventh game. The advantage allowed Hernádez to close out the first set in 42 minutes.
During the second set however, the Vitacura native took control. It took Capdeville only 32 minutes to defeat his opponent with an impressive score of 6-1, with two break points that left Hernández no choice.
The achievement signified a boost in confidence for Capdeville, since his continuation in the Portuguese coastal tournament hinged on the match. Capdeville seemed to be on his way to the semi-finals with a break during the third game, but the Spanish player returned it immediately.
Regardless, instead of moping, Capdeville managed another break point and maintained his serve to close out the match.