LISBON – Greek rising star Stefanos Tsitsipas, the world No. 10, rolled to a 6-3, 7-6 (4) victory over Uruguay’s Pablo Cuevas on Sunday in the 2019 Estoril Open final.
The 20-year-old Tsitsipas needed one hour and 45 minutes to defeat Cuevas, who is ranked 67th in the world, and claim his first clay-court title and third overall as a professional.
Tsitsipas won the 2019 Marseille Open and the 2018 Stockholm Open – both are hard-court events.
Portugal’s João Sousa won the 2018 Estoril title by defeating American Frances Tiafoe in the final.
Tsitsipas now has a 2-0 career record against Cuevas. He previously beat the Uruguayan in the round of 32 in Antwerp in 2017.
Tsitsipas won the first set easily in 37 minutes, breaking his opponent’s serve in the fourth game and eventually grabbing a 4-1 lead, an advantage that the rising star kept until he sealed the deal at 6-3.
The world No. 10 then started the second set with drive, breaking Cuevas’s serve in the first game before creating another break opportunity in the third; however, the Uruguayan managed to save the break.
In the eighth game, Cuevas easily broke back for a 4-4 tie and then both players held serve amid intense play until the tiebreaker, which Tsitsipas toook.
In doubles, Frenchmen Jeremy Chardy and Fabrice Martin won the title by defeating the British duo of Luke Bambridge and Jonny O’Mara 7-5, 7-6 (3) in a final that lasted one hour and 32 minutes.
This is the third title for the French players, who also won the doubles title at the 2017 Qatar Open and 2019 Marseille Open.
Of the 30 editions of the clay-court Estoril Open, an ATP 250 event, played, 13 Spaniards, including Carlos Costa (1992 and 1994), Carlos Moya (2000), Juan Carlos Ferrero (2001) and Albert Montañes (2009 and 2010), have won the trophy.
Some big stars, such as Serbia’s Novak Djokovic (2007), Swiss great Roger Federer (2008) and Argentine Juan Martin del Potro (2011 and 2012) are among the non-Spanish winners at Estoril.