* Vicenza, Italy, €43,000+H (Outdoor Clay) : Two young Italians, Matteo Berrettini and Matteo Donati, were not able to reach the semi-final in Vicenza, but Lorenzo Giustino was successful and he stays in the hunt for the title in front of the home crowd.
Jan Satral defeated Matteo Berrettini 7-6 6-3 while Hungarian Marton Fucsovics beat Matteo Donati 7-5 6-1. The other two matches were closer, with Lorenzo Giustino coming from behind to oust Daniel Munoz de la Nava 3-6 6-3 6-2 and in the all-Serbian clash the 7th seed Laslo Djere took down Filip Krajinovic 7-6 4-6 6-4 in the match that lasted 2 hours and 21 minutes.
After winning the title in Rome last October, where he beat 2 Top 100 players, Jan Satral lost the ground on the Challenger level, losing in the first round in 7 out of 8 tournaments and never reaching the quarter-final again.
That all changed here in Vicenza after a 7-6 6-3 triumph against the most promising young Italian at the moment, Matteo Berrettini by 7-6 6-3 in an hour and 22 minutes. It was a close encounter, with 4 break points for each player, and it was Satral who performed a great comeback in the opening set, taking the second with one break as well.
Berrettini was off to a perfect start, dropping 4 points in the first 5 games to open up a huge lead, and Satral saved a set point in the following game, avoiding a bagel. And not only that, the Czech started to climb back on the scoreboard and he took Italian's serve in games 7 and 9 to get back on the track completely, sending the set into a tie break.
With the momentum on his side, Satral grabbed it by 7-4 to virtually steal the opener. Donatti lost his serve at the start of the second set and that cost him the match in the end, as he was unable to pull the break back until the end of the set.
Satral saved a break point in the final game of the match to seal the deal for his third Challenger semi-final. Marton Fucsovics has been on a solid form this season and he is closing on a career-high ranking that he had in 2014.
Hungarian defeated Matteo Donati 7-5 6-1 in just 59 minutes for his second semi-final of the season. To complete 19 games in under an hour on clay they had to avoid the longer rallies and games, and there were only 2 deuces in the entire match, with 7 break points in total.
Fucsovics was stronger in his service games, losing just 13 points in 9 games and saving only one break point. On the other hand, Donati had more troubles on serve, facing 6 break points and getting broken 4 times. The battle developed right from the start, with 9 easy holds on both sides, and it was Marton who experienced the first problems on serve in game 10 when he had to save a break point.
He broke Donati in the very next game to move 6-5 in front and he sealed the set with a love service game a few minutes later. Italian faded from the court in set number 2, taking 9 points in total and losing serve 3 times, as Fucsovics closed the match in style to reach the last 4. Quarter-final results: