Tsitsipas, Monfils Advance At Estoril Open

Stefanos Tsitsipas (photo: Millennium Estoril Open)

ESTORIL, May 2, 2019

Stefanos Tsitsipas began his Millennium Estoril Open campaign on Wednesday with a comfortable 6-3, 6-4 victory over Argentine Guido Andreozzi. The top seed from Greece sent down five aces, saving three of the four break points he faced to advance in one hour and 26 minutes.

Remarkable day for Domingues

Tsitsipas will next take on World No. 214 Joao Domingues of Portugal, who benefited from the retirement of Australia’s John Millman, leading 6-3, 2-1.

“Joao is very good in these conditions. I don’t want to take any credit away from him today,” Millman said afterwards. “Obviously I am pretty upset, as my body is an ongoing issue since Miami this year, having some structural damage in the foot. I was hoping that it would settle down. I hope to be ready for Madrid but time will tell.” 

Domingues became the lowest-ranked Estoril quarterfinalist in the tournament’s five-year history.

“It’s a remarkable day in my career. Two years ago I was really close to the quarterfinals,” Domingues said afterwards but also feeling sorry how the match ended. “It wasn’t how I wished it would be. I only realized he wasn’t at his best during the second set, because he wasn’t moving the same way has he was in the first. In the end of the match, he told me he couldn’t do it anymore. It all happened when he went for a smash and landed with his support leg immediately feeling something was wrong.” 

Monfils advances, Fognini withdraws

No. 3 seed Gael Monfils also made it into the stage of the final eight. The World No. 18 from France battled past US-American Reilly Opelka, winning 3-6, 6-3, 6-0. Monfils won 56 per cent of the total points played to prevail after one hour and 29 minutes.

Earlier in the day, Fabio Fognini announced his withdrawal from the tournament due to injury.