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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Alexander Zverev, Roland Garros 2016

I usually like preparing my day at Roland Garros, and write down the matches I want to watch but more often than not I end up watching different matches than those planned. I had in mind to attend either Coric-Fritz on court 8 or Bouchard-Siegemund on court 16. But given the long long long queues to enter the stadium and the queue to access court 16, I made my way to court 17 as I wanted to watch the end of the match between 2010 French Open finalist Sam Stosur and Misaki Doi. But first on court 17, 74-ranked Qiang Wang faces 17-year-old French wild card Tessah Andrianjafitrimo.

Qiang Wang defeats Tessah Andrianjafitrimo 6-0 6-0

I have nothing against that player I had never heard of before, but I really don’t get why Roland Garros officials awarded a wild card to Tessah Andrianjafitrimo who is ranked 311th and has never won a WTA match. 6-0 6-0 for Wang in an hour… no comment.

Qiang Wang

Qiang Wang

Tessah Andrianjafitrimo

Tessah Andrianjafitrimo
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Britain secured its place in World Group II with a 3-1 win over Tunisia. Andy Murray then made an emotional return to Scotland (first time he played there since the 2006 Davis Cup against Serbia) to help his team defeat Luxembourg in Glasgow. Murray and co then earned a promotion to Group I with a whitewash over Hungary.
That’s four wins in a row for Leon Smith’s team.

GROUP II EUROPE/AFRICA 1ST ROUND: GREAT BRITAIN – TUNISIA 3-1, Bolton, hard

Malek Jaziri defeats Jamie Baker 4-6 6-3 7-5 6-2
James Ward defeats Sami Ghorbel 6-0 6-2 6-0
Colin Fleming/Jamie Murray defeat Slim Hamza/Malek Jaziri 6-1 3-6 6-3 6-4
James Ward defeats Malek Jaziri 3-6 6-3 3-6 6-3 8-6

GROUP II EUROPE/AFRICA 2ND ROUND: GREAT BRITAIN – LUXEMBOURG 3-1, Glasgow, hard

Gilles Muller defeats James Ward 6-3 7-6 6-1
Andy Murray defeats Laurent Bram 6-0 6-0 6-0
Andy and Jamie Murray defeat Laurent Bram/Mike Vermeer 7-5 6-2 6-0
Andy Murray defeats Gilles Muller 6-4 6-3 6-1

James Ward & Leon Smith

Gilles Müller

Andy Murray & Leon Smith

Andy Murray

Andy Murray

Jamie Murray

Andy & Jamie Murray

Photo credit: Dave

GROUP II EUROPE/AFRICA 3RD ROUND: GREAT BRITAIN – HUNGARY 3-0, Glasgow, hard

James Ward defeats Attila Balazs 6-4 6-4 4-6 6-4
Andy Murray defeats Sebo Kiss 6-0 6-2 7-6
Colin Fleming/Ross Hutchins defeat Attila Balazs/Kornel Bardoczky 6-3 6-4 6-4

Andy Murray arrives on court, Match : GB v HUNGARY, Davis Cup.

Andy Murray warming up v Hungary.

Photo credit: Roger Sargent