Stefanos Tsitsipas, Estoril Open 2019

Third career title, his first on clay for Stefanos Tsitsipas, who defeated Pablo Cuevas 6-3 7-6.

This title means a lot to me. It’s on clay, it’s one of my preferred surfaces. It’s nice to have completed the clay-hard court title [sweep] that I’ve been fighting for. Next is grass, or maybe even more clay-court titles this year, that would be wonderful”

Millenium Estoril Open - The Finals!!!

 Millenium Estoril Open - The Finals!!!

 Millenium Estoril Open - The Finals!!!

 Millenium Estoril Open - The Finals!!!

Millenium Estoril Open - The Finals!!!

 Millenium Estoril Open - The Finals!!!

 Millenium Estoril Open - The Finals!!!

Tsitsipas may have won the tournament, but everybody was talking about THAT Cuevas shot, this insane fake smash no-look tweener:

https://www.instagram.com/p/BxFhQylHJcf/

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Read more:
2019 ATP clay-court season guide
Guide to Roland Garros 2019

Stefanos Tsitsipas, Estoril Open 2019

It has been much more difficult than expected for Tsitsipas who had to fight to get past world number 214 Joao Domingues (7-6 6-4) and advance to the Estoril semifinals for the second year in a row.
Kudos to the 25-year old Portuguese who had a fantastic week with wins over Elias Ymer and Filippo Baldi in the qualifying draw and then Alex De Minaur and John Millman in the main draw.

Millenium Estoril Open 03.05.2019

Millenium Estoril Open 03.05.2019

Millenium Estoril Open 03.05.2019

Tsitsipas will face David Goffin for a place in the final. Goffin, who had a 7-9 record this year before entering the tournament, rallied from a set down to outlast Malek Jaziri 4-6 7-6 6-2.
Goffin and Tsitsipas already met 5 times with the Greek leading their head to head by 3 wins to 2. But the Belgian won their one match played on clay, last year in Monte Carlo. It should be an exciting match!

Millenium Estoril Open 03.05.2019

Millenium Estoril Open 03.05.2019

Malek Jaziri. Millenium Estoril Open 03.05.2019

In the other semifinal, qualifier Alejandro Davidovich Fokina will face lucky-loser Pablo Cuevas.
The 19 yr old Spaniard, who had never won an ATP match before this week, beat Taylor Fritz, Jérémy Chardy and Gaël Monfils (in a spectacular 6-7 7-5 6-4 battle) to reach the last 4. His opponent is much more experienced: Cuevas will be playing his third semifinal of the year after Cordoba and Rio. In the quarterfinals he defeated last year’s finalist Frances Tiafoe 6-0 6-7 6-2.

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David Goffin, Estoril Open 2019

The last time they faced, in Miami last year, Sousa dispatched Goffin 6-0 6-1. But today the Belgian controlled the match from start to finish to win easily 6-3 6-2 and reach the quarterfinals.

Millenium Estoril Open 02.05.2019

Millenium Estoril Open 02.05.2019

Millenium Estoril Open 02.05.2019

The quarterfinals are now known:
Stefanos Tsitsipas vs Joao Domingues
David Goffin vs Malek Jaziri
Gaël Monfils vs Alejandro Davidovich Fokina
Frances Tiafoe vs Pablo Cuevas

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Read more:
– 2019 ATP clay court season guide
– Estoril Open 2018: Joao Sousa triumphs

Stefanos Tsitsipas, Estoril Open 2019

Number one seed and last year’s semi-finalist Stefanos Tsitsipas defeated world number 97 Guido Andreozzi to advance to the Estoril quarterfinals. With this win, he became the third player to reach 20 victories this year, after Daniil Medvedev and Guido Pella.

Guido Andreozzi. Millenium Estoril Open 01.05.2019

Stefanos Tsitsipas. Millenium Estoril Open 01.05.2019

Guido Andreozzi. Millenium Estoril Open 01.05.2019

Stefanos Tsitsipas. Millenium Estoril Open 01.05.2019

His next opponent is world number 214 Joao Domingues who upset Alex De Minaur and John Millman in the previous rounds.

Millenium Estoril Open, 29.04.2019

Gaël Monfils and Reilly Opelka struggled with the windy conditions, and the Frenchman coming back from injury rallied from a set down to defeat the young American 3-6 6-3 6-0.

Millenium Estoril Open 01.05.2019

Millenium Estoril Open 01.05.2019

Millenium Estoril Open 01.05.2019

Millenium Estoril Open 01.05.2019

Monfils will face qualifier Alejandro Davidovich Fokina in the quarterfinals. The young Spaniard cruised past Jérémy Chardy 6-1 6-2 in only 46 minutes.

Millenium Estoril Open 30.04.2019

Number two seed and recent Monte-Carlo champion Fabio Fognini pulled out of the Estoril Open due to a leg injury. He was already forced to skip the Barcelona Open last week.

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Read more:
2019 ATP clay court season guide
Estoril Open 2018: Joao Sousa triumphs
The Next Gen, two years after

Thiem, winner of the 2019 Barcelona Open

Second trophy of the season for Dominic Thiem, his 13th overall, after his easy 6-4 6-0 victory over Daniil Medvedev.

“Only great players have won here. Rafa has won it 11 times and it means a lot that Muster won it twice. It’s a big moment for me.”

“I tried my best, but Dominic was too good,” said Medvedev. “At one point today, even just getting a point off him was a great achievement.” 

Next stop for both players: Madrid, where all the best players will be playing, even Federer who makes his comeback on clay.

Dominic Thiem and Daniil Medvedev, Barcelona Open 2019

Dominic Thiem and Daniil Medvedev, Barcelona Open 2019

Dominic Thiem, Barcelona Open 2019

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Read more:
– 2019 ATP clay-court season guide
– Barcelona Open 2019: Medvedev through the semifinals
– Barcelona Open 2019: Nadal and Thiem will face off in the semifinals