Pablo Cuevas reaches his career’s tenth final
Uruguaian lucky loser will play the ultimate match of Millennium Estoril Open after beating Alejandro Davidovich Fokina, the biggest surprise of the whole tournament, 3-6, 6-2 and 6-2.
After Stefanos Tsitsipas’s win over David Goffin, Davidovich Fokina and Pablo Cuevas were the ones to play at Estádio Millennium. The more experienced 33-year-old uruguaian had a better start by taking the lead at 3-1 in the first set, but the young Spaniard proved once again to be irreverent and talented, and put himself closer to this Sunday’s final with five games in a row.
Cuevas then took control of the match after breaking Davidovich Fokina when the Spaniard was leading 3-2 in the second and got himself injured, asking for a medical time-out. From that moment on, Fokina gave everything he had despite being visibly uncomfortable with his physical limitation.
The world number 67 took advantage of that, handling everything on his way, though the final set has had too many service losses over the first four games. It’s an inglorious farewell for the big surprise of the tournament, whom will certainly keep in his memory the fifth edition of the Millennium Estoril Open. Afterall, Fokina came all the way up from the qualifying, getting his first ATP win (and consequently his first quarter and semi-finals) in the meantime. The Spaniard is now on his way to Madrid, where he will play thanks to a late wild card from the organization.
Pablo Cuevas, in turn, will be seeking for his seventh title out of ten finals (including the upcoming) – all of them being held in clay courts. The uruguaian will face first seed Stefanos Tsitsipas, the favourite to win the title since he is currently world number ten.