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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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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