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Estoril Open 2022 Day 3 roundup: Alejandro Davidovich-Fokina, Frances Tiafoe record thrilling wins

An all-Spanish affair between Alejandro Davidovich-Fokina and Bernabe Zapata Miralles was an excellent contest of high-quality tennis.

Alejandro Davidovich-Fokina in a file photo. (Image: Twitter/ Estoril Open)
By Nilavro Ghosh | Apr 28, 2022 | 2 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

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Day 3 of the 2022 edition of the Estoril Open might have been a quiet affair, but there were a couple of matches that kept fans on the edge of their seats throughout their respective durations. An all-Spanish affair between Alejandro Davidovich-Fokina and Bernabe Zapata Miralles was an excellent contest of high-quality tennis. The other fixture was between fifth seed Frances Tiafoe and home favourite Nuno Borges. Although the match ended in a rather comfortable fashion, the start was definitely high octane. The Estoril Open saw a huge shock on the second day as Dominic Thiem was ousted in the first round by French tennis player Benjamin Bonzi. The scoreline was an incredible 6-3, 7-6 (11-9).

Fifth seed Frances Tiafoe recorded a fine victory over Portgual’s very own Nuno Borges to advance to the quarter-finals of the competition. The scoreline at the end of the tie was 7-6 (7-4), 4-6, 6-0 in the American’s favour. The match started on a pacey note as both players fought tooth and nail for the opening set. Tiafoe did manage to beat Borges but the Portuguese came back strong in the second set. However, that only fueled the fifth seed’s desire to go out and win the third set and the match, which he did in an emphatic fashion.

A thrilling all-Spanish contest

It was an absolute thriller of a contest between Alejandro Davidovich-Fokina and Bernabe Zapata Miralles. Davidovich-Fokina won the match in straight sets but it was not a cakewalk by any stretch. The scoreline at the end of the tie was 6-3, 7-6 (7-5). The first set was a relatively comfortable affair for Davidovich-Fokina but Miralles came back strong in the second. The tie-breaker that ensued kept everyone on the edge of their seats until the fourth seed smashed the winning shot.

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Elsewhere, Fernando Verdasco made short work of Pablo Cuevas to advance to the quarter-finals of the competition. The Spaniard won the match by a comfortable 6-2, 6-3 margin and will face fellow Spaniard and sixth seed Albert Ramos-Vinolas in the next round. The USA’s Sebastian Korda also recorded a breezy victory against unseeded Frenchman Pierre Hugues-Herbert to advance to the quarter-finals. The scoreline at the end of the tie was 6-2, 6-4 in the eighth seed’s favour. Korda will go up against Benjamin Bonzi in the next round.



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