Parc des Princes
Eight warriors, four battles, two acts. This Friday's round is completely reserved for the quarter-finals of the tournament. Players coming from four continents, with diverse curriculums and different levels of favouritism.
David and Goliath
Today's round will open up with the match of the day, which puts face to face Stefanos Tsitsipas and João Domingues. The 6.33 ft greek is the world number ten, first seed, and - let's put it this way - the super favourite. On the other site of the net, the 5.83 ft portuguese is the "home hero", the big surprise of the tournament, the outsider who came all the way up from the qualifying seeking for (even) more history.
The last-minute wild card David Goffin has had the perfect premiere at Millennium Estoril Open by putting an end to João Sousa's victorious journey. The belgian player will now play against Malek 'Jazz' Jaziri. The tunisian is currently the best Arabic player and another proof that age is nothing but a number: this year, at 35, Jaziri reached his career's best ranking (43º).
First-timer and Centennial
The second and therefore last act of this round will take place around 6 pm local time. Spaniard Alejandro Davidovich Fokina, also arising from the qualifying, is not only in his first ATP quarter-finals, but also on his way towards achieving his third win in ATP's final draws - the other two being against Taylor Fritz and Jérémy Chardy, also here at Milennium Estoril Open. Facing him will be the centennial Gael Monfils, who will be playing an ATP quarter-final for the 101st time in his career.
Frances Tiafoe and Pablo Cuevas are the ones to shut down this friday's schedule. The north-american, last edition's runner-up, has had the final word in an authentic night marathon. Despite being noticeably tired in the end of the match, Tiafoe will do anything he can to beat Pablo Cuevas, who took advantage of his lucky loser situation to went from eliminated to lucky winner.