Marton Fucsovics and Laslo Djere will fight for the title in Vicenza after both players scored 3-set wins on Saturday over Jan Satral and Lorenzo Giustino. Hungarian Marton Fucsovics notched his 100th Challenger win in the second round and he will now try to go all the way, reaching his 7th Challenger final following a 6-7 7-6 6-1 triumph over Jan Satral in 2 and a half hours. As the result suggests, nothing could separate the players in the first 2 sets but Fucsovics saved more energy for the decider, taking it 6-1 to advance to the title match.
Marton fends off 8 out of 9 break points to limit the damage on his serve and he broke Satral 4 times from 10 chances to make the difference. The battle was on right from the first game, when Satral held after 6 deuces and 1 break point saved, and he had his chances to bring the set home before the tie break, having 6 break points.
Fucsovics repelled them all but he dropped the tie break by 7-4, as Satral scored 2 mini-breaks to take the initial lead. Czech was 4-2 up in set number 2 and he needed 2 good holds to deliver a win, but Marton broke back in game 8 to set up another tie break.
This time he was more focused, taking 4 mini-breaks for a 7-2, and the momentum was now on his side before the start of the final set. There, it was all about Hungarian, who served well and played even better on the return, breaking Satral thrice to sail through the set by 6-1, earning the place in the final.
Laslo Djere, talented Serb who made his first big steps on the ATP Tour this spring, will have a chance to grab his first Challenger title (he lost 3 finals so far) after a 6-4 2-6 6-3 win over the home player Lorenzo Giustino in 2 hours and 16 minutes. Both players struggled to find the first serve but Djere was tested less than his rival, having to play against 6 break points and losing serve 3 times.
On the other hand, Giustino got broken on 4 occasions, but he faced 15 break points, 12 of these in the final set. Laslo served great in the first set, staying away from the troubles in all 5 service games, and he broke Giustino at the right time, in the 9th game, and he closed the set on own serve a few minutes later.
Lorenzo raised his level in set number 2, pushing stronger on return to break Djere 3 times for an easy 6-2, and it seemed that he can continue in the same rhythm in set number 3 as well. Nevertheless, Laso drew first blood, breaking in game 3 for a 2-1 lead, saving 3 break points in the following game to confirm his lead.
Giustino lost his ground completely in these moments, facing 8 break points in the next two service games, but he managed to hold both times, staying just one break behind his rival. Still, Serb finished the job with another break in game 9, propelling himself to the first Challenger final since August. Semi-final results: