Pablo Cuevasis back in a final…
The 33-year-old Uruguayan professional tennis player beat
Alejandro Davidovich Fokina 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 on Saturday to reach the Estoril Open final.
It’s Cuevas’ first final appearance since the 2017
Brasil Openand the 10th of his career.
Cuevas has won 11 of his last 13 matches on clay court. And he has now won three or more matches in two of his last four tournaments.
He’ll face top-seeded
Stefanos Tsitsipas, who defeated David Goffin 3-6, 6-4, 6-4.
Nicolas Almagro’s ATP title drought is officially over…
The 30-year-old Spanish tennis player rallied from a set down to beat fellow Spaniard
Pablo Carreno Busta 6-7 (6), 7-6 (5), 6-3 on Sunday to claim the Estoril Open title.
It’s Almagro 13th career title — all on clay — and his first since winning the
Open de Nice Côte d’Azur in May 2012.
Almagro twice wasted chances to serve out the first set and squandered a 6-2 lead in the opening tiebreaker. Almagro completed the fight back in just under three hours. He had 12 aces and converted five of 19 break chances to beat the eighth-seeded Carreno Busta.
Almagro will now move on to the
Madrid Masters event, where he’ll play Borna Coric in the first round.
Nicolas Almagro is one win away from ending a four year drought…
The 30-year-old Spanish tennis player and clay-court specialist beat second-seeded
Nick Kyrgios 6-3, 7-5 at the Estoril Open on Saturday to reach his second final of the season.
Almagro will face fellow Spaniard
Pablo Carreno Busta, who upset third-seeded Benoit Paire of France 6-3, 6-3 in the other semifinal at the clay-court tournament.
The 71st-ranked Almagro saved the only two break points he conceded in the entire match and served seven aces to reach his second final after losing to
Dominic Thiem in Argentina in February.
Almagro has 12 career
ATP titles, all on clay. He hasn’t won a tournament in four years.
The eighth-seeded Carreno Busta, 24, upset top-seeded
Gilles Simon in Friday’s quarterfinals.
The 50th-ranked Spaniard played in his first final at the
Brazil Open in February, losing to Pablo Cuevas.
It’s Lucky No. 11 for
Juan Martin del Potro…
The 23-year-old Argentinian
tenista claimed his eleventh title of his professional tennis career on Sunday by beating France’s Richard Gasquet to win the Estoril Open title.
del Potro, who was seeded first in the tournament, used a strong serve to beat Gasquet in straight sets, 6-4, 6-2.
“I felt it was my best match of the week,” del Potro said. “I felt really confident on my forehand and I grew in confidence every game.”
Along with earning his eleventh career title, the victory gives del Potro his second consecutive Estoril Open title and his second title of the year.
Del Potro, currently ranked No. 12 in the world, didn’t give up a break chance and had six aces in the match to improve his record against Gasquet to 4-1.
“He’s very tall and has a good second serve and was hitting the ball very well,” Gasquet said. “He was the better player today.”