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  1. Voo de Mar says:
    Points won by each set: | 32-30, 27-23 |
    Points won directly behind the serve:
    22 % Sousa – 13 of 57
    34 % Tiafoe – 19 of 55

    Sousa’s [68] tenth, and possibly the last final (30 y.o. then). I suppose the most satisfying, not only he won his just third title, but he did it in front of the home crowd having defeated on route to the title, two young players (Medvedev, Tsitsipas) who tremendously developed in the following year. Against Tiafoe [64], Sousa delivered big serving at 5:4 (0/40) in the opener. He jumped to a 4:0 and 5:1 lead in the 2nd set. “It’s just amazing. It’s a dream come true,” Sousa said. “It is very special for a Portuguese player to win here on home soil. I know how hard the organisation worked to make this tournament one of the best in the world and it’s just amazing. The crowd was unbelievable.”

    Sousa’s route to his 3rd title:
    1 Daniil Medvedev 7-6(1), 7-5
    2 Pedro Sousa 4-6, 7-6(1), 7-5 – 2 m.p.
    Q Kyle Edmund 6-3, 1-6, 6-0
    S Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-4, 1-6, 7-6(4)
    W Francis Tiafoe 6-4, 6-4

    # The Sousas faced each other in Estoril for the second time, previously in the third round of qualifying draw ten years before when they both were around no. 1000 in the world, and Joao won easily. In 2018 it was an amazing match. Pedro led 6-4, 5:2* (30/0), then he had a match point leading 5:4 & 6:5… he also led 5:3 & *5:4 (30/15) in the 3rd set; the last game was composed of 8 deuces and Joao needed five match points to make the final break! In the semifinal, Sousa wasn’t closer than four points away to lose to the Greek

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