Marco Cecchinato, renaissance projects in the Vall de l’Esport Emilià

Three Italians landed in the quarterfinals of the Emilia-Romagna Tennis Cup, the ATP Challenger 125 tournament organized by Master Group Sport in collaboration with the Emilia-Romagna Region on the courts of the President of the Tennis Club of Montechiarugolo (Parma). The event is part of the program of sporting events, supported by the Emilia-Romagna Region, for the improvement of the territory and the tourist attraction. Andrea Arnaboldi, who defeated Daniel Galan in yesterday evening’s session, is accompanied by Marco Cecchinato and Giulio Zeppieri.

WILL IT BE RENAISSANCE FOR CECCHINATO? – In the first match scheduled today, the Sicilian Marco Cecchinato has beaten the Spaniard Carlos Taberner, 85 in the world and number 5 seed, with a double 6 to 2. Compared to the tough debut match against Nardi, l ‘ex number 16 of The world appeared in full control, although the net marker does not give credit to the resistance of the Iberian. The latter has the technical characteristics of a regularist who manages to enhance the game of Cecchinato, who seemed brighter, focused on the decisive points and good for alternating power solutions with many short balls. The road to recovery compared to the glories of 2018, when “Ceck” made people dream of Italian tennis fans to reach the semifinals of Roland Garros and beat world number 1 Novak Djokovic, is still a long way off, but in Parma a nice piece. in terms of awareness and confidence in their own means. “Beyond the seemingly simple score, it was a tough game,” Cecchinato said immediately after the game, “an hour and a half of intense play played with oppressive heat. My opponent is a clay specialist with a higher ranking than mine, and this victory represents an important step considering the level expressed. I would like to dedicate this success, as well as all the most prestigious ones, to my uncle Gabri, who follows me from up there and who I always carry in my heart “.

WHAT A MATURE ZEPPIERI: Against the brute force of Thiago Monteiro, we needed a foil performance for Giulio Zeppieri, and our young hope was perfect. In the direct match two months ago at the ATP 250 in Belgrade, the Brazilian had won, in this period the Latin left-hander expressed an impressive maturity, not achieving the excellent results in Rome and Roland Garros. Cleverly, “Zeppo” dismantled Monteiro’s powerful back-to-back pace, often using the short ball gun but not belittling the club when needed, for example in the second set in the 3-3 decisive break games. and 5. -4, when he literally beat the rival. “I’m very happy to have beaten an experienced player like Monteiro with whom I lost just a few weeks ago – these are Zeppieri’s words – I was good at managing my batting turns and never backing down. My path to growth I’m still here in Parma and I hope to get as far as possible in the tournament. “

COBOLLI DOESN’T TRIO FOR ITALY – Nothing to do for Flavio Cobolli, committed against the old 12 of the world Borna Coric. The 75-64 final in favor of the Croatian was a close fight of more than two hours where both used their enormous skills as fighters and the loser left the field amid applause, without too much remorse, paying some decisive points escaped by bad luck. the ability of the other. After a very tight first set, the Roman turned the situation around in the second making the counter-break at 3-3, but at this point the tension took over: Coric asked for the intervention of the physiotherapist for a problem in the leg, Cobolli stayed. he gets nervous and they both tease him for a few games. To pay for the nervousness, however, only the 2002 Giallorossi fan, who makes too many mistakes in the 4-4 and loses the decisive service: in the end, during the handshake, the two warriors clear up and greet each other. with a smile. Cobolli should not complain about the KO, also taking into account the growth of Borna Coric, who after the shoulder operation in March 2021 and the consequent one-year hiatus, struggled hard to find himself but little by little it is taking the right path towards total recovery.

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