R1: (1) Paolo Lorenzi def (WC) Gianluigi Quinzi 6-1 6-2There was a lot of interest around this match, as Quinzi, after his win of the junior title of Wimbledon, is given as the biggest rising start of the Italian movement and this was a great chance for him to get his first steps in the pro-tour. Sadly he was drawn against top seed, defending champion and world top 70 Paolo Lorenzi, who simply showed to be too good for the talented youngster.
Quinzi didn't have much to hurt the experienced Italian, because his game lacks of killing accelerations and Lorenzi knew how to slow down the path of the rallies with his tricky slices. What's more Gianluigi's serve is not as powerful and accurate as it's needed to bother someone like Lorenzi and he only could hold serve once in the whole match, at the start of the second set, when he got a 2-0 lead, that was the only moment in which he looked quite competitive out there.
R2: Norbert Gombos def. (WC) Stefano Napolitano 6-1 6-0Looking at the final score it's hard to believe that Gombos expected this match to be a tough battle (for more about this and to get to know him have a look at his interview posted two days ago ), but contrary to what the result may suggest, Napolitano didn't even play half bad, it was Norbert being just too good, in every department of the game. Even the Italian coach, sitting in the stands at one
point said to other people watching, that Stefano wasn't playing badly at all, but Gombos was superb out there. The Slovak will face the 3rd seed, Carreno Busta for a place in the Semifinals.
R2: (5) Filippo Volandri def Marco Cecchinato 7-6 (2) 6-1
R2: (Q) Janez Semrajc def. Thomas Schoorel 4-6 7-6 (10) 6-2
In the second it was the service to rule the path of the match, until by the end Thomas let the Slovene have some chances, but he could save them to reach the tiebreak. There it was simply epic, both guys fought for every ball with everything the had, showing great skills and attitude, though it seemed that Semrajc had found the right key when he got 6-3 up: two good serves from Schoorel and a lob out of millimeters and it was back to 6-all. Semrajc had a few more chance to close, but each time Schoorel handled the pressure and saved those points, but on the other hand Janez could save a Match Point with a terrific forehand winner. A massive backhand finally handed him the tiebreak and the set, but most of all, the momentum flew by then to his side and Schoorel looked to tired both physically and mentally to fight to have it back. Linked here you can find Semrajc words of joy after his huge win.