Daniil Medvedev, 2019 US Open

Third time lucky for Daniil Medvedev: in his third final in as many weeks, he defeated David Goffin to capture the biggest title of his career so far. He lost to Nick Kyrgios in Washington and Rafael Nadal in Montreal, but this time he did not miss the opportunity to win his second trophy of the year, after Sofia in February.

“I have to say even if I wouldn’t have finished with the trophy, these weeks were amazing and the best in my life. But of course I think with the trophy is better. Especially if I would have lost three finals in a row, I would have not doubted myself but started asking myself how is it possible, three finals, lost all of them? What should I do differently in the final?
I don’t have to ask myself these questions because I won the final. It’s been the best weeks in my life. My serve was the best in my life. My tennis was really consistent. I didn’t have one bad match. I’m just extremely happy.”

He now leads the ATP Tour with 44 match wins this year (3 more than Nadal), 31 of them being on hard courts. He also makes his entry to the top 5, the first Russian to do so since Nikolay Davydenko in 2010.

And what will he do now?

“I need some days off. I’ve been playing tennis for so long in a row. I just need to stay in the bed for a few days watching the TV 24 hours a day. Hopefully I can regroup and get to the U.S. Open fresh.”

David Goffin who was bidding to become the first Belgian to claim a Masters 1000 event returns to the top 15. Roberto Bautista Agut, after 14 years on tour, makes his top 10 debut, while his opponent in the quarterfinals, Richard Gasquet jumps 22 places to 34. Andrey Rublev, who defeated Roger Federer in about an hour in the 4th round, is back to the top 50 (47).

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!

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Millenium Estoril Open 03.05.2019

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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

A lot of changes at Roland Garros this year: a new stadium entrance, a new Place des Mousquetaires and a new 5,000 seat court, Court Simonne Mathieu … but still no roof, we’ll have to wait at least till next year. I’m eager to discover all these new features in a few weeks time!
In the mean time, check out our Roland Garros guides, relieve some of the biggest defeats and triumphs of the past, and of course share your pictures, videos and stories!

Roland Garros visitor’s guide:

A trip down memory lane:

1956: First time at Roland Garros for Rod Laver

1960-1969:
Portrait of Manuel Santana, first Spaniard to capture a Grand Slam title in 1961
1967: Françoise Durr defeats Lesley Turner
1969: Rod Laver defeats Ken Rosewall

1970-1979:
Portrait of 6-time Roland Garros champion Bjorn Borg
Portrait of Adriano Panatta, the only player to beat Bjorn Borg at Roland Garros
1978: Virginia Ruzici defeats Mima Jausovec
1978: Bjorn Borg defeats Guillermo Vilas
Roland Garros 1978 in pictures

1980-1989:
1982: At the request of Monsieur Wilander
1982: first Grand Slam for Mats Wilander
1983: Yannick Noah defeats Mats Wilander
1984 French Open: Ivan Lendl defeats John McEnroe
1985 French Open: Chris Evert defeats Martina Navratilova
Roland Garros 1985: Mats Wilander defeats Ivan Lendl
Roland Garros 1988: bold Leconte swept aside by a Mats for all surfaces
Portrait of Natasha Zvereva, 1988 runner-up
Portrait of Arantxa Sanchez, 1989 French Open champion
Portrait of Michael Chang, 1989 French Open champion

1990-1999:
1990 French Open: Opposites attract, Gomez defeats Agassi
Roland Garros 1990: Defending champion Sanchez loses in the first round
Roland Garros 1990: Edberg and Becker lose in the first round
1991 French Open 3RD: Michael Chang defeats Jimmy Connors
1991 French Open final: Jim Courier defeats Andre Agassi
1996: An unflinching Edberg causes a grand upset
Roland Garros 1996: Pete Sampras run through the semi-finals
1997: Going ga-ga over Guga
Steffi Graf – Martina Hingis Roland Garros 1999

2000-2009:
2000: Mary Pierce finds peace and glory
2004: Coria vs Gaudio: the egotist vs the underdog
2005: Rafael Nadal defeats Mariano Puerta
2006: Nadal defeats Federer, wins second Roland Garros title

2010-2018:
A look back at Roland Garros 2011
A look back at Roland Garros 2014
A look back at Roland Garros 2015
3 days at Roland Garros 2017: Rafa, Andy, Petra and more
Day 2 at Roland Garros 2018: Djokovic, Nadal and Wozniacki

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Novak Djokovic, Laver Cup 2018

The inaugural Laver Cup was held at the O2 arena in Prague, in September last year, with Team Europe, led by Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, defeating Team World 15-9. The second edition of the Laver Cup took place in Chicago last weekend, and Team Europe ruled again with a 13-8 victory.

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The event is played over 3 days: each day 4 matches are played, 3 singles and a doubles. Each win is worth one point on Friday, 2 on Saturday and 3 on Sunday. Matches are played in the best of 3 sets, with a 10-point match tiebreaker in the third. The winning team must reach 13 points. In case of a tie, a doubles match is played as a regular set to determine the winner.

On day 1, Team Europe won the 3 singles, while Federer and Djokovic lost in doubles against the pair of Kevin Anderson and Jack Sock.

Grigor Dimitrov  Frances Tiafoe 6–1 6–4   1–0
 Kyle Edmund  Jack Sock 6–4 5–7 [10–6]   2–0
 David Goffin  Diego Schwartzman 6–4 4–6 [11–9]   3–0
 Novak Djokovic /  Roger Federer  Kevin Anderson /  Jack Sock 7–6 3–6 [6–10]   3–1

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On day 2, Team Europe led by 7 to 1 after Zverev’s win over Isner and Federer tennis lesson to Kyrgios. But Team World rallied back to 5-7 after Kevin Anderson’s surprising win over Novak Djokovic and Kyrgios and Sock doubles victory over Dimitrov and Goffin.

Alexander Zverev  John Isner 3-6 7–6 [10–7]   5–1
 Roger Federer Nick Kyrgios 6-3 6-2   7–1
Novak Djokovic Kevin Anderson 6–7 7-5 [6–10]   7–3
 Grigor Dimitrov /  David Goffin  Nick Kyrgios /  Jack Sock 3-6 4-6   7–5

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Team World led for the first time of the weekend after another doubles victory in day 3’s opening match! But Federer put Team Europe ahead by saving three match points to defeated Isner. And finally it all came down to Zverev, who dropped the first set before leveling at one set all and winning a thrilling match tiebreaker against Anderson. 13-8, Team Europe retains the title!
Next year’s competition will take place in Geneva, Switzerland from 20-22 September.

Roger Federer / Alexander Zverev  John Isner / Jack Sock 6–4 6–7 [9–11]   7–8
 Roger Federer John Isner 6–7 7–6 [10–7]   10–8
Alexander Zverev Kevin Anderson 6–7 7-5 [10-7]   13–8

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Photo credit: Christian Cresante