Joao Sousa claims Estoril title

An historic victory for Joao Sousa who became the first Portuguese player to win an ATP tournament on home soil. He dispatched Frances Tiafoe 6-4 6-4 to claim his third career title, his first on clay.

“It’s just amazing. It’s a dream come true. It is very special for a Portuguese player to win here on home soil. I know how hard the organisation worked to make this tournament one of the best in the world and it’s just amazing. The crowd was unbelievable.”

Local hero Sousa was made to work all week as he had to save 2 match points against Pedro Sousa in the second round and survived 3-set marathons against third seed Kyle Edmund in the quarterfinals and recent Barcelona finalist Stefano Tsitsipas in the semis.

Millenium Estoril Open 06.05.2018

It was also a good week for Tiafoe, who reached his second final this year after a straight sets victory over defending champion Pablo Carreno Busta in the semifinals.

“I didn’t feel great today. I just got outplayed. I left a lot of balls short and didn’t play near as well as I was playing this week. He took advantage and was able to play how he wanted to. It was tough. I couldn’t get anything going.”

Millenium Estoril Open 06.05.2018

Millenium Estoril Open 06.05.2018

Millenium Estoril Open 06.05.2018


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Edmund and Corrie win maiden doubles title in Estoril

Kyle Edmund and Cameron Norrie had one combined doubles match win prior to this tournament. But playing in their first tournament as a team, the Brits didn’t drop a set all week and defeated Wesley Koolhof and Artem Sitak 6-4 6-2 to claim their maiden doubles title.

Millenium Estoril Open 06.05.2018

Millenium Estoril Open 06.05.2018

Millenium Estoril Open 06.05.2018

Millenium Estoril Open 06.05.2018

Millenium Estoril Open 06.05.2018

Millenium Estoril Open 06.05.2018

Millenium Estoril Open 06.05.2018

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Frances Tiafoe reaches the final in Estoril

Joao Sousa and Frances Tiafoe booked their spot in the final after upsetting recent Barcelona finalist Stefano Tsitsipas and defending champion Pablo Carreno Busta.

Sousa defeats Tsitsipas 6-4 1-6 7-6

A rollercoaster of a match for Joao Sousa, who is now one win from becoming the first Portuguese player to win the tournament. A break of serve was enough to capture the first set, but the young Greek rallied back to level the match at one set all. The world number 68 who had never won a match in his 3 previous visits here prevailed in the tie-break 7-4.

Millenium Estoril Open 05.05.2018

Millenium Estoril Open 05.05.2018

Millenium Estoril Open 05.05.2018

Millenium Estoril Open 05.05.2018

Millenium Estoril Open 05.05.2018

Tiafoe defeats Carreno Busta 6-2 6-3

Tiafoe had to save 3 match points in the first round against Tennys Sandgren but since then he turned things around, and defeated Gilles Muller, Simone Bolelli in straight sets. He broke in the opening game of in his semifinal against the defending champion and never looked back, and secured his place in the final.
Tiafoe had some good results so far this year, with his maiden title in Delrey Beach and semifinals in Miami and Barcelona.

Millenium Estoril Open 05.05.2018

Millenium Estoril Open 05.05.2018

Millenium Estoril Open 05.05.2018

Millenium Estoril Open 05.05.2018

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Nadal, Barcelone 2017

Rafa Nadal, Dominic Thiem and Alexander Zverev on the men’s side, Simona Halep, Elina Svitolina and Kristina Mladenovic on the women’s side have dominated the clay court season; while world number ones Andy Murray and Angelique Kerber appeared in big trouble. Here’s our recap of who won what.

Men

Marrakech: Borna Coric

Runner-up in Marrakech last year, Borna Coric came back from the brink, saved 5 match points to overcome Philip Kohlschreiber and capture his maiden ATP title.

Monte Carlo: Rafael Nadal

Rafa‘s reign in Monte Carlo continues: he defeated fellow Spaniard Ramos-Vinolas, who stunned Andy Murray en route to his maiden Masters 1000 final. With that victory, Nadal became the first man in the Open Era to win 10 titles at a tournament, and the first to win 50 clay-court titless, surpassing Guillermo Vilas (49).


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Pablo Carreno Busta, winner of the Estoril Open 2017

Finalist last year, Pablo Carreno Busta defeated Gilles Muller in straight sets 6-2 7-6 to win his third career title.

“It’s my first title on clay, so I’m really happy,” said Carreno Busta. “It wasn’t an easy match today because of his serve and also the volley, but I was confident with my serve. He served better in the second set, but I played better in the tie-break.”

The number one seed didn’t drop a set all week and had convincing wins over Tommy Robredo, defending champion Nicolas Almagro, and David Ferrer. With this victory, Pablo makes his return to the top 20, climbing three positions to number 18 in the world.

Gilles Muller who captured his first ATP title earlier this year in Sydney, was also pleased with his performance:

“My performance was fine in the second set, but I had a really tough time getting into the match in the first set. He was putting pressure on me and not missing many balls,” said Muller. “I think I could have played better, but he was just too good.”

Estoril Open, 07.05.2017 - The Finals!

Estoril Open, 07.05.2017 - The Finals!

Estoril Open, 07.05.2017 - The Finals!

Estoril Open, 07.05.2017 - The Finals!
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