Stefanos Tsitsipas vs. David Goffin
|Date & Time||Saturday May 4, 2019, 7:00 AM (EDT)|
Clube de Ténis do Estoril
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Stefanos Tsitsipas and David Goffin meet in the semifinals of the 2019 tennis Estoril Open.
Stefanos Tsitsipas is coming off a straight sets win over Joao Domingues that took 23 games to decide. In the victory, Tsitsipas won 71 percent of his first serve points and 62 percent of his second serve points. Tsitsipas won 67 percent of his total service points and converted on three of his nine break points. Tsitsipas has won all four sets this tournament and has been much more improved with his serve when you consider the struggles he had in his previous five matches. The dangerous part about Tsitsipas is that he’s one of those players who gets better once he strings a few wins together, as the confidence just flows and his shots become a little more natural. Tsitsipas hopes to make his third final appearance of the year and the sixth of his career. Tsitsipas has won four of his last six matches on clay court.
David Goffin is coming off a three sets win over Malek Jaziri that took 31 games to decide. In the victory, Goffin won 68 percent of his first serve points and 45 percent of his second serve points. Goffin won 60 percent of his total service points and converted on six of his 20 break points. Goffin worked hard for his victory after dropping the first set and needing a second set tiebreak to eventually dominate the third set. It hasn’t exactly ben pretty for Goffin, but he now has a chance to win three straight matches for the first time since the US Open. Goffin hopes to make his first final appearance since the 2017 ATP Finals and the 12th of his career. Goffin has won three of his last five matches on clay court.
These two have played five times and Tsitsipas has won three of those matches. The most recent meeting was in Marseille of this year, a match Tsitsipas won in straight sets. Goffin won a 2018 match in Cincinnati and has the only win on clay court. Each of the last four meetings have been decided in straight sets.
Goffin is finally starting to put together a few wins here and there, but he’s done nothing that really shows he’s comfortably out of this funk. It’s still hit or miss with Goffin. Tsitsipas has been one of the more consistent players on the men’s side these past several months, even with his recent struggles, and he’s somebody I don’t look to bet against when he’s hitting his spots. Tsitsipas can ride a wave of momentum line none other.
Tsitsipas makes his third final trip of the year.