Stefanos Tsitsipas vs. Joao Domingues
|Date & Time||Friday May 3, 2019, 7:00 AM (EDT)|
Clube de Ténis do Estoril
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Stefanos Tsitsipas and Joao Domingues meet in the quarterfinals of the 2019 tennis Estoril Open.
Stefanos Tsitsipas is coming off a straight sets win over Guido Andreozzi that took 19 games to decide. In the victory, Tsitsipas won 75 percent of his first serve points and 58 percent of his second serve points. Tsitsipas won 68 percent of his total service points and converted on three of his nine break points. Tsitsipas looked sharp in his opening match, as he returned well and got 60 percent of his first serves in play. Tsitsipas has been a little up and down as of late, but the rest of his game seems to fall in place when he’s getting free points with his serve and finishing games quickly. Tsitsipas has a chance to win two straight matches for the first time since the Miami Open. Tsitsipas has won three of his last five matches on clay court.
Joao Domingues is coming off a straight sets win over John Millman that took 12 games to decide. In the victory, Domingues won 71 percent of his first serve points and 43 percent of his second serve points. Domingues won 66 percent of his total service points and converted on three of his six break points. Domingues got a nice confidence boosting win despite Millman being forced to retire early in the second set. Domingues got 80 percent of his first serves in play and saved four of his five break points, so he played well enough to compete for the win regardless. Domingues has a chance at his first career win over a top-10 player. Domingues has won nine of his last 10 matches on clay court.
These two played once, which was in a 2017 challenger match, a meeting Tsitsipas won in straight sets. The match took 23 games to be decided.
Domingues has been highly impressive on clay these last couple of weeks, but now he’s running into a steep challenge against a top-10 player in the world. Tsitsipas has been shaky at times, but he usually wins matches he’s supposed to win and he’s tough to bet against when serving well. You can see the pep in his step when he’s finishing games quickly, and the rest of his game trickles down.
Tsitsipas showed positive signs in his last match and there’s no reason to think it will stop here.