Alejandro Davidovich Fokina vs. Pablo Cuevas
|Date & Time||Saturday May 4, 2019, 11:30 AM (EDT)|
Clube de Ténis do Estoril
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Alejandro Davidovich Fokina and Pablo Cuevas meet in the semifinals of the 2019 tennis Estoril Open.
Alejandro Davidovich Fokina is coming off a three sets win over Gael Monfils that took 35 games to decide. In the victory, Davidovich Fokina won 59 percent of his first serve points and 42 percent of his second serve points. Davidovich Fokina won 55 percent of his total service points and converted on seven of his 12 break points. Davidovich Fokina is coming off probably the biggest win of his young career at just 19 years old, and he got it despite dropping a tough first set tiebreak. This is easily the best stretch of tennis Davidovich Fokina has played on the main tour, as he’s now beaten back-to-back top-50 players and also beat an intriguing young player in the first round in Taylor Fritz. It’s going to be interesting to see if Davidovich Fokina can keep this up. Davidovich Fokina hopes to make his first career ATP singles final appearance. Davidovich Fokina has won six of his last seven matches on clay court.
Pablo Cuevas is coming off a three sets win over Frances Tiafoe that took 27 games to decide. In the victory, Cuevas won 77 percent of his first serve points and 52 percent of his second serve points. Cuevas won 67 percent of his total service points and converted on six of his nine break points. Cuevas was pretty much in complete control of his match that included winning the first set 6-0. Cuevas has won six of his seven sets in this tournament and will continue to be a tough out if he’s going to dominate the first serve the way he has as of late. Cuevas has now won three or more matches in two of his last four tournaments. Cuevas hopes to make his first final appearance since the 2017 Brasil Open and the 10th of his career. Cuevas has won 11 of his last 13 matches on clay court.
There’s no match history between these two players.
Give Davidovich Fokina credit for getting to this far, and beating Monflis is certainly nothing to sneeze at. However, Davidovich Fokina doesn’t have the track record or the experience to suggest he can beat another respectable player, especially on his favorite surface. You rarely see somebody go from little to no success on the main stage to reaching a final. There’s steps to this process, and Cuevas has been on a tear recently on clay.
Cuevas makes his first final in two years.