Stefanos Tsitispas

A few minutes after Zverev, another contender was sent back home: Thomas Fabbiano overcame Stefanos Tsitisipas in a 5-set marathon 6-4 3-6 6-4 6-7 6-3. He’ll next meet Ivo Karlovic, who defeated Andrea Arnaboldi in straight sets to become he oldest player to win a match at Wimbledon since Ken Rosewall in 1975.

In the other matches today, Novak Djokovic began his title defence with an comfortable win over Kohlschreiber 6-3 7-5 6-3. 18-yr old Felix Auger-Aliassime clinched his main Grand Slam victory with a 5-7 6-2 6-4 6-3 win over fellow countryman Vasek Pospisil.

In the women’s draw, recent Roland Garros runner-up Marketa Vondrousova was beaten by Madison Brengle while Simona Halep was made to work to defeat Aliaksandra Sasnovich 6-4 7-5.
But the talk of the day was 15-yr old Cori Gauff who defeated idol Venus Williams 6-4 6-4. The young American became the youngest player to win a Grand Slam match since Anna Kournikova at the 1996 US Open and the youngest to win at Wimbledon since Jennifer Capriati in 1991!

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Stefanos Tsitsipas, Estoril Open 2019

Third career title, his first on clay for Stefanos Tsitsipas, who defeated Pablo Cuevas 6-3 7-6.

This title means a lot to me. It’s on clay, it’s one of my preferred surfaces. It’s nice to have completed the clay-hard court title [sweep] that I’ve been fighting for. Next is grass, or maybe even more clay-court titles this year, that would be wonderful”

Millenium Estoril Open - The Finals!!!

 Millenium Estoril Open - The Finals!!!

 Millenium Estoril Open - The Finals!!!

 Millenium Estoril Open - The Finals!!!

Millenium Estoril Open - The Finals!!!

 Millenium Estoril Open - The Finals!!!

 Millenium Estoril Open - The Finals!!!

Tsitsipas may have won the tournament, but everybody was talking about THAT Cuevas shot, this insane fake smash no-look tweener:

https://www.instagram.com/p/BxFhQylHJcf/

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Read more:
2019 ATP clay-court season guide
Guide to Roland Garros 2019

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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Read more:
2019 ATP clay court season guide
Estoril Open 2018: Joao Sousa triumphs
The Next Gen, two years after

Rafael Nadal, Barcelona Open 2019

Nadal and Thiem will clash in the semifinals tomorrow in a rematch of last year’s Roland Garros final.
The Spaniard is clearly not at his best, but he delivered at crucial moments of his quarterfinal match to defeat Jan-Lennard Struff 7-5 7-5. The big serving German had beaten last year’s finalist Stefanos Tsitsipas in the previous round.

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As for Indian Wells champion Dominic Thiem, he overpowered Guido Pella 7-5 6-2 to set up an exciting Nadal clash. The 11th-time Roland Garros champion leads their head to head by 8 victories to 3 (7 to 3 on clay).

Photo credit: Banco Sadabell

Read more:
2019 ATP clay-court season guide
Barcelona Open 2019: Medvedev through the semifinals