* Brescia, Italy, €42,500+H (Indoor Carpet) :
Luca Vanni gave the home crowd something to cheer about in Brescia, saving a match point against the lucky loser Laurynas Grigelis in a 6-7 6-4 7-6 victory. The match lasted 2 hours and 53 minutes, which is a rather slow considering the encounter played on indoor carpet, but there were deuces in 13 games, and that fact affected the overall time spent on the court. It was a very close match, Vanni won just 3 points more and he saved a match point at 6-7 in the final tie break. Grigelis hit 22 aces and he played better on his first serve, but it was the second that betrayed him, winning just 37% of those points and giving 15 break chances to Vanni. He saved 13 of them, being broken only twice, and overall they both played great on break points, with just 3 breaks of serve from 26 chances!
There were no breaks of serve in the opening set (they saved 6 break points in total) and the tie break was inevitable after 4 service games at love from 4-4. The tie break was also close but it was Grigelis who won the final 2 points from 5-5 to take the opener. In the second set, Vanni saved all 5 break chances to win it 6-4, breaking Grigelis in game 5, keeping that lead until the end to force a decider. Servers lost their pace for a little bit in games 4 and 5, but after those two breaks, they managed to hold until in all games before the tie break, even though there were many deuces in the second part of the decider. Luca led 6-3 in the tie break but Grigelis bounced back to win the next 4 points and move just a point away from the victory. Vanni saved it and he finally brought the match home by 10-8 in the tie break for his 3rd Challenger title.
Luca Vanni (ITA) vs [LL]Laurynas Grigelis (LTU) 6-7(5) 6-4 7-6(8) [2:53]
* Toyota, Japan, $50,000+H (Indoor Carpet) :
James Duckworth (AUS) vs Tatsuma Ito (JPN) 7-5 4-6 6-1 [2:08]