The Italian derby goes to the tennis player born in 2002, who reaches the quarter-finals. There are three blue players still on the draw

    Matteo Gigante’s derby against Marco Cecchinato at the Aspria Tennis Cup, the Milan Challenger on clay. A result that is a confirmation: the boy born in 2002 is finding excellent results at these levels. The 7-6 6-1 trimmed to the former semifinalist of Roland Garros – seeded number 5 on the scoreboard – makes the Roman tennis player fly to the quarter-finals, where he will face the Hungarian Fabian Marozsan, who has passed from the qualifiers: the watering in mouth comes by itself.

    The rise

    For Gigante this is the fifth quarter-final of the season on clay: two semifinals reached in Vicenza (defeat against Andrea Pellegrino) and Forlì, with the comeback suffered against the future champion Lorenzo Musetti. Matteo entered the tournament as number 322 in the ATP ranking and is now virtually 306, his best ranking. And Cecchinato? A defeat that hurts because it came after a first set in which he was ahead several times – 2-0, 4-1, 5-2, then also 2-1 in the tie break – and because the scoreboard was potentially favorable for the number 171 in the world. Ceck cannot find continuity: in the previous tournament, in Parma, the first semifinal of the season had arrived, lost to Elias Ymer after winning the first set. Small consolation for the Rossoneri Marco: before the match he received a visit from Mauro Tavola, Milan sales director, who gave him the celebratory shirt of the Scudetto.

    Passaro also wins

    The other results of the day: the victory of Francesco Passaro – seeded number 8 – stands out against the Canadian Alexis Galarneau in two sets. The next opponent will be Viktor Durasovic, who interrupted the path of Raoul Brancaccio. There are therefore three Italians still on the scoreboard, with Darderi who will challenge Coria.

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