Tsitsipas Battles Into Estoril Semi-finals For Second Straight Year
#NextGenATP Davidovich Fokina upsets Monfils
Stefanos Tsitsipas is through to the Millennium Estoril Open semi-finals for the second consecutive year after beating Portuguese qualifier Joao Domingues 7-6(3), 6-4 in one hour and 47 minutes on Friday.
"I feel like I was much more disciplined than usual," said Tsitsipas. "I'm really happy with the victory. I didn’t start very well, but I managed to find my rhythm game by game and broke back when I had to… I got the break back and then I felt like the momentum was going to me."
Tsitsipas recovered from 3-5 down in the first set against the conqueror of Australians Alex de Minaur and John Millman this week, then held at set point on Domingues’ serve at 6/5, 30/40 and later broke clear midway through the tie-break. After three successive service breaks from 3-3 in the second set, the Greek wrapped up his 21st match win of the season.
The 20-year-old continues his fine season, having reached his first Grand Slam championship semi-final at the Australian Open (l. to Nadal) in January and picked up his second ATP Tour title at the Open 13 Provence (d. Kukushkin) the following month. He will next face fourth-seeded Belgian David Goffin, who defeated Malek Jaziri of Tunisia 4-6, 7-6(4), 6-2 in two hours and 37 minutes.
On the other half of the draw, #NextGenATP Spaniard Alejandro Davidovich Fokina continued his stunning run in Portugal with a 6-7(2), 7-5, 6-4 win against third seed Gael Monfils. The 19-year-old, who won the 2017 Wimbledon Boys' Singles title, entered this tournament without a tour-level win. But he has impressed with wins over 2018 Next Gen ATP Finals qualifier Taylor Fritz, World No. 42 Jeremy Chardy and now Monfils.
Davidovich Fokina will face Uruguayan lucky loser Pablo Cuevas, who prevailed against eighth-seeded American Frances Tiafoe 6-0, 6-7(5), 6-2 in two hours and six minutes. Cuevas is into his third semi-final of 2019, having previously reached the last four at the Cordoba Open and Rio Open presented by Claro.