Roberto Carballes Baena vs Stefanos Tsitsipas Tennis Prediction
Though the Spaniard has won nearly 300 matches more than the Greek on clay throughout his career, Tsitsipas’ impressive form in the recent two weeks makes him the overwhelming favorite in this first-ever meeting between these two youngsters.
Stefanos Tsitsipas News
Stefanos Tsitsipas continued his excellent run of form by knocking out the top seed and world #8 Kevin Anderson despite losing the first set, 6-7 6-3 6-3.
Since the start of clay swing, the Greek teenager has won ten matches (10/2), including defeating the likes of Pablo Carreno Busta, Dominic Thiem, Diego Schwartzman, Albert Ramos Vinolas and Pablo Andujar, and this is the first time he has dropped a set (in the winning matches).
Tsitsipas will now make his fourth quarterfinal appearance of the season (on tour) and fifth of his career. His record at this stage stands at 2/2, with the two wins coming against Dominic Thiem in Barcelona 2018 and David Goffin in Antwerp 2017.
The Next Gen Star, who started the season at #91 in the ATP Rankings, is currently sitting at his career-high position of #44. Another good run at Estoril this week could probably push him even higher.
Roberto Carballes Baena News
Roberto Carballes Baena was trailing *2-5 in the final set and found himself three match points down at *4-5 (*0-40), but the determined Spaniard managed to end up on the winning side, 5-7 6-2 7-6 (against Cameron Norrie).
It was a much-needed win for Roberto Carballes Baena as he was going through a rough patch on tour since winning his maiden tour title at Quito in February 2018.
The World #77 Carballes Baena has won 16 matches so far in 2018 with all 16 coming on clay. Moreover, he has registered at least 40 match wins on this surface every year since 2014. In fact, he has made four quarterfinals on tour (before Estoril), and all four have come at the clay tournaments (W/L- 2/2).
Tennis Prediction: Stefanos Tsitsipas