João Domingues rallied from 5-2 down in the third set and saved two match points to defeat Brit Kyle Edmund and claim the biggest victory of his career, the first in an ATP World Tour main draw
After surviving the qualifying, where he defeated Ernests Gulbis and compatriot Gonçalo Oliveira, the 23-year-old Portuguese continued is winning streak in Estoril by upsetting seventh seed Edmund 6-4 3-6 7-6(2) in two hours and five minutes.
Domingues, currently ranked at ATP 242.º, started strongly winning the first set 6-4 but allowed Edmund to level the match in the second set forcing the decider. The #NextGenATP took advantage of the momentum and raced to a 5-2 advantage in the third set but Domingues, galvanized by the strong support from the Portuguese crowd, fought back and saved two match points before the deciding tie-break, which he won 7-2.
João Domingues, former national champion and Davis Cup alumni, joins compatriots Gastão Elias, Frederico Silva and Pedro Sousa in the second round where he will face former Top 10 Kevin Anderson. The South African defeated Italian qualifier Salvatore Caruso (6-2, 6-3) in the first round and will be a tough opponent for the youngster from Oliveira de Azeméis.