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.

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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.

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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.

Photo credit: MNJ, all rights reserved to MNJ.

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

Photo credit: Banco Sadabell

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

Dominic Thiem, Barcelona Open 2019

Another week, another disappointing defeat for Rafael Nadal. One week after his 6-4 6-2 loss to Fabio Fognini in Monte Carlo’s semifinal, Nadal was outplayed by Dominic Thiem, losing 6-4 6-4.
For the first time since 2004, Rafa has won no title in the first four months of the season. Could he enter Roland Garros without a clay-court title under his belt?

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In the other semifinal, Daniil Medvedev overcame Kei Nishikori after a 3-set 6-4 3-6 7-5 thriller. It will be the Russian’s third final of the year after his loss in Brisbane and victory in Sofia.

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Kei Nishikori, Barcelona Open 2019

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Medvedev and Thiem only met once so far, in the St Petersburg quarterfinals last year, with Thiem winning in 3 sets.

Photo credit: Banco Sadabell

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

Rafael Nadal, Barcelona Open 2019

Nadal and Thiem will clash in the semifinals tomorrow in a rematch of last year’s Roland Garros final.
The Spaniard is clearly not at his best, but he delivered at crucial moments of his quarterfinal match to defeat Jan-Lennard Struff 7-5 7-5. The big serving German had beaten last year’s finalist Stefanos Tsitsipas in the previous round.

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As for Indian Wells champion Dominic Thiem, he overpowered Guido Pella 7-5 6-2 to set up an exciting Nadal clash. The 11th-time Roland Garros champion leads their head to head by 8 victories to 3 (7 to 3 on clay).

Photo credit: Banco Sadabell

Read more:
2019 ATP clay-court season guide
Barcelona Open 2019: Medvedev through the semifinals

Daniil Medvedev, Barcelona 2019

Daniil Medvedev is the first player to qualify for the Barcelona semifinals thanks to his 6-3 6-4 victory over lucky-loser Nicolas Jarry. The Chilean had beaten Alexander Zverev and Grigor Dimitrov in the previous rounds.
Winner in Sofia, finalist in Brisbane, semi-finalist in Monte Carlo, Medvedev has a tour-leading 24-7 match record this season.

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He will face Kei Nishikori for a place in the final. The Japanese defeated lucky-loser Roberto Carballes Baena 6-4, 7-5 to reach the semi-finals.
Medvedev and Nishikori met in the Brisbane final earlier this year, with the latter capturing the title after a 3-set battle.

Photo credit: Banco Sadabell

Read more:
The Next Gen, 2 years after
Sofia 2019: Medvedev cruises to the title
Brisbane 2019: Nishikori claims the title