The reigning champion João Sousa starts his journey to defend the most important title of his career this Tuesday. On his way will be the australian rising star Alexei Popyrin, whom won the title at the 2017 Roland Garros junior championship.
The duel between the portuguese and the australian will take place at 3 pm local time and will certainly be under the public spotlight. The best portuguese player ever is looking forward to follow the steps of his fellow countryman João Domingues, whom achieved the greatest win of his career against Alex de Minaur.
The seventh seed Pablo Carreno Busta is yet another champion ready to leap into action today. The spaniard, winner at Millennium Estoril Open 2017 edition and runner-up the year before, grabbed a wild card from the organization and will be facing the experienced Jemery Chardy at Estádio Millennium, 1 pm local time.
Today’s lineup also includes the exciting encounter between last year’s runner-up Frances Tiafoe and Mikhail Kukushkin. Besides, Cascais Court will be “lucky” to have three of the four one-handed backhands of the tournament coming into play: we’re talking about the lucky-loser Pablo Cuevas (who is facing Salvatore Caruso), Leonardo Mayer and his serbian opponent Dusan Lajovic, runner-up at Monte-Carl Rolex Masters last Sunday.
It will be hard not to enjoy such a massive day of tennis!