The 23-year-old Laslo Djere has decided to skip Wimbledon qualifications and play on his beloved clay instead, entering Milan Challenger as the top seed. After reaching the final in Rome and Prostejov, Laslo will have a chance to do it here as well after a 6-4 6-4 win over Joao Domingues in an hour and 40 minutes. It was a grueling baseline battle and Laslo had the upper hand despite getting broken three times.
On the other hand, he won almost 50% of the return points and grabbed five breaks from 10 chances to control the scoreboard and bring the match home in straight sets. Joao had the advantage in the opening six games, breaking in games one and three to take the lead but Laslo was ready to fight, holding at love in games seven and nine and breaking the Portuguese in between to rattle off four straight games and close the set as a winner.
The players traded breaks at the start of the second set and they served well in the next seven games, with only one break point for Djere in game six. Serving to stay in the match, Joao wasted a game point in game 10 and he lost serve to end on the losing side and send Laslo in the last four. Quarter-final results: