Greek youngster Stefanos Tsitsipas’ French Open preparations gathered momentum as he claimed his first clay court title with a 6-3 7-6(4) victory over Pablo Cuevas at the Estoril Open on Sunday .
Top seed Tsitsipas made the most of his opponent’s struggles to clinch the opening set and grabbed an early break to serve at 4-3 in the second.
But the Australian Open semi-finalist suffered a lapse in concentration and was broken for the first time in the contest during a stretch of nine consecutive points won by Cuevas.
Tsitsipas regained composure to save a set point in the 10th game before sealing the victory in the tiebreak for his third career title.
Tsitsipas now heads to back-to-back ATP Masters 1000 tournaments in Madrid and Rome before he bids for a maiden Grand Slam crown at Roland Garros