- About the tournament
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In the quarterfinals of St. Petersburg Open 2019 the Portuguese Joao Sousa defeated Mikhail Kukushkin, who plays for Kakhzakhstan, in two sets – 7/6 (8), 6/2. Sousa had five aces and made no double mistakes, while Kukushkin made 2 double mistakes.
“Today was another great day for me, I was able to play good tennis,- Sousa said in his on-court interview. – I was working very well on my slice, so I was able to connect and to be comfortable with this chance and toady I used it one more time. I was really happy to play with a great opponent and I’m very happy with the way I played.”
Sousa’s mother was cheering for him in the stands, so he added: “I’m very pleased to see my mom here, we spend not so much time during the season. But today she is with me and I try to enjoy every moment with her. She is also very nervous when she is watching me. My coach is doing a great job calming her. It’s been an amazing week for me, I’ve been playing great tennis.”
Sousa will take on the Croatian Borna Coric in the semifinals.
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