The fifth crowned
Five editions, five different champions. After Richard Gasquet in 2015, Nicolás Almagro in 2016, Pablo Carreño Busta in 2017, and João Sousa in 2018, Millennium Estoril Open is about to crown yet another champion this year.
Stefanos Tsitsipas and Pablo Cuevas are the protagonists of this Sunday’s big final – where old guard meets ATP’s #NextGen in an ode to vintage tennis with two one-handed backhands facing each other.
This Sunday’s match will be the second ever between the greek and the uruguaian, who couldn’t have traced such different paths on their way to the final: 20-year-old Tsitsipas has confirmed his firs seed status reaching his career’s ATP sixth final – all of them over the last twelve months and a couple of days. The 33-year-old Cuevas, in turn, is having the time of his life after making it to the main draw due to his lucky loser status (he was defeated in qualifying’s last round by Salvatore Caruso and then, already as a lucky loser, started his journey in the singles main draw with a win over the exact same opponent) and will be playing his career’s ATP tenth final at Clube de Ténis Estoril. In their last encounter, the greek player has overcame the south-american in the indoor hardcourt in Antwerp, last year.
As two true clay court artists, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Pablo Cuevas have all the means (technically and tactically speaking) to make this final a match to remember. The only thing left to know is which one of them will be crowned at Estádio Millennium and lift the sought-after Vista Alegre trophy, redesigned for this year’s edition and perfectly matching the classicism that marks the playing style of these two.
But first… there’s a franco-british doubles final to enjoy: Jérémy Chardy and Fabrice Martin, who got the title in Marseille, will face Jonny O’Mara and Luke Bambridge, who already won two ATP titles together (Eastbourne and Stockholm in 2018), despite losing Pune and São Paulo’s finals this year.