Elias is one win away from becoming the number 2 portuguese player. I don't remember the last time that neither Rui and Fred weren't (at least one of them) in the first 2 places of portuguese ranks, but I must imagine something like 10 (ten!!!) years time, back when Nuno Marques was stil playing!
It's kind of sad to see this 2 players in huge decline, but at least we know our future is assure. Not only with João and Gastão but also with some juniors players, having a world top 10 in that age sector.
8 years. Since October 11 of 2004. Leonardo Tavares (429º) and Diogo Rocha (648º) were the 2 portuguese best ranked.