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Hot Shot: Cuevas goes from smash to tweener drop shot
Published May 06, 2019
Twenty-year-old Stefanos Tsitsipas laid claim to his first-ever clay-court title at the Estoril Open on Sunday. It came via a 6-3, 7-6 (4) victory over 33-year-old dirt specialist Pablo Cuevas. What's more, it came not without a fight, as seen in this point when Cuevas—then down 6-3, 1-0—made Tsitsipas look ordinary, if just for a point.
Cuevas, a lucky loser in this event, was glad even just to be there in the final, where Tsitsipas was the No. 1 seed.
The young Greek now has three ATP titles to his credit, with two of them coming in 2019 already. Per the ATP Tour, Tsitsipas's previous titles came on indoor surfaces. Meanwhile, the Uruguayan can still boast six clay-court titles over his career.
"You really have to fight hard and give your soul out on the court," Tsitsipas said after the championship match. For one point, Cuevas was dominant—another welcome reminder that tennis is about the long game.