France vs Spain Davis Cup semifinal recap

One year after the semi-final against Serbia, deprived of Djokovic, France hosts Spain … deprived of Nadal, injured. Nadal’s absence changes everything and the tie loses a lot of its interest. The French are now the clear favorites to reach the Davis Cup final for the second year in a row, the third time in five years. A feat that hides the catastrophic results of the French players in Grand Slams this year and somehow confirms the supporters of the Davis Cup reform.

Un an après la demie-finale contre la Serbie privée de Djokovic, la France reçoit l’Espagne … privée de Nadal, blessé au genou. Le numéro un mondial absent, cette rencontre perd beaucoup de son intérêt et les Français sont hyper favoris pour atteindre la finale pour la 2ème année consécutive, la 3ème fois en 5 ans. Un exploit qui masque les résultats catastrophiques des Français en Grand Chelem cette année et conforte les partisans de la réforme de la Coupe Davis.
Le fan club officiel de l’équipe de France a troqué samedi le maillot bleu pour un maillot noir, en signe de deuil et d’opposition au nouveau format. Qu’en pensez-vous? Etes vous pour ou contre ce changement?

Here’s the recap of my Davis Cup weekend:

Frances Tiafoe reaches the final in Estoril

Joao Sousa and Frances Tiafoe booked their spot in the final after upsetting recent Barcelona finalist Stefanos 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

Photo credit: MNJ, all rights reserved to MNJ.

Pablo Carreno Busta, Roland Garros 2017

20th seed Carreno Busta defeats Dimitrov 7-5 6-3 6-4 and reaches the last 16 at a Grand Slam for the first time. He’ll next face Milos Raonic was leading 6-1 1-0 when his opponent Guillermo Garcia-Lopez retired.

Check out a few pictures from Grigor’s practice on Saturday:

Grigor Dimitrov

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2017 clay court season: who won what
Carreno Busta wins Estoril Open

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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