Stefanos Tsitsipas vs. Pablo Cuevas
|Date & Time||Saturday May 4, 2019, 7:00 AM (EDT)|
Clube de Ténis do Estoril
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Stefanos Tsitsipas and Pablo Cuevas meet in the final of the 2019 tennis Estoril Open.
Stefanos Tsitsipas is coming off a three sets win over David Goffin that took 29 games to decide. In the victory, Tsitsipas won 68 percent of his first serve points and 39 percent of his second serve points. Tsitsipas won 56 percent of his total service points and converted on five of his 12 break points. Tsitsipas got off to a slow start in his semifinal win, but his effort picked up and his return got more aggressive. Tsitsipas has won six of his seven sets this tournament and his serve has been drastically improved from where it was a few weeks ago. Tsitsipas hopes to win his second title of the year and his third title of his career. Tsitsipas is 2-3 in career final appearances overall and 0-1 in final appearances on clay court. Tsitsipas has won five of his last seven matches on clay court.
Pablo Cuevas is coming off a three sets win over Alejandro Davidovich Fokina that took 25 games to decide. In the victory, Cuevas won 69 percent of his first serve points and 36 percent of his second serve points. Cuevas won 58 percent of his total service points and converted on seven of his 13 break points. Cuevas dominated the match after dropping the first set and managed to get 66 percent of his first serves in play. Cuevas has a chance to win five matches in two of his last four tournaments. Cuevas hopes to win his first title since the 2017 Brasil Open and the seventh title of his career. Cuevas is 6-3 in career final appearances overall and 6-2 in final appearances on clay court. Cuevas has five career wins over top-10 players. Cuevas has won five of his last six matches on clay court.
These two played once, which was in Belgium of 2017, a match Tsitsipas won in straight sets. The match took 17 games to be decided.
Cuevas is extremely comfortable on clay and has been on a tear this season on this surface. He’s no pushover. The problem is Tsitsipas is head and shoulders the better player, and he’s somebody who can take his game to another level when needed. Cuevas is what he is, and if he’s not playing at the top of his game, he’s going to be in trouble.
Cuevas has an impressive track record on clay, but Tsitsipas wins his third career title.