Defending champion Joao Sousa was compelled to work laborious to qualify for the second spherical of Engola's Millennium Estoril Open on Tuesday.

The # 1 Portuguese, who beat Frances Tiafoe within the league sport final yr, wanted two hours and 13 minutes to beat Australian Alexei Popyrin #NextGenATP 6-Four, 2-6, 6-2. Sousa entered Estoril with an occasion report of Zero-Three final yr, however has now received six consecutive matches in his dwelling event.

The 30-year-old will meet fourth-seeded David Goffin within the second spherical. Sousa received a five-fight victory on the FedEx ATP Head2Head towards the finalists within the 2017 Nitto ATP last.

Tiafoe, finalist final yr, made a successful comeback to Estoril by defeating Mikhail Kukushkin 6-Three, 7-5. American #NextGenATP improves to 5-1 at ATP 250 and can face Japanese Yoshihito Nishioka within the second spherical.

Leonardo Mayer shocked Dusan Lajovic, finalist of the Rolex Monte Carlo Masters, 7-6 (Three), 6-Four in a single hour and 53 minutes. The Argentinian will play towards Malek Jaziri for a quarter-final spot. Jaziri beat Nicolas Jarry, quarter-finalist at Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell, 6-Three, Three-6, 6-Four.

Jeremy Chardy grew to become the primary man to defeat Pablo Carreno Busta earlier than the semifinals at Estoril, after securing himself towards the 2017 champion 5-7, 6-1, 6-2. Carreno Busta participated on this yr's event with a report of 13-Three, having reached the semifinals or higher at every of his 4 earlier appearances.

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