Giulio Zeppieri, together with the Italian-Argentine Franco Agamenone, surprised everyone during the ATP 250 in Umag by winning the semifinals (starting from the qualifying draw) and with a great performance against the Spanish Carlos Alcaraz.
The Italian player showed how the Italian tennis movement is growing and gaining confidence, not only looking at the Race to the Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan or the 31 athletes who will participate in the Us Open between the main draw and the qualifying tournament.
The 20-year-old Roman, to the sound of closely contested matches but who always manages to come out on top, came almost to the end of the Croatian sporting event and had to surrender to the Spaniard, number 4 in the world, only due to cramps in the third set.
The audience in the stands of the main court, which bears the name of Goran Ivanisevic, gave him a big applause, and Italy finally discovered a new talent. The young man from the capital told his story in an interview with Corriere dello Sport: "I define my game as modern, aggressive, to command the exchange.
This is how I express my best level, when I am not entertaining myself. I am 20 years old and I have changed a lot: before I always said what I thought, it was controversial but not too much. Now I listen more and talk less," he stressed.
The young athlete said: "I have understood a little what it means to be a great tennis player. You have to work every day, talent is not enough and the head does a lot, about 70%. I am playing better with the backhand than before, I try to make more downloads in the network.
I never met Roger, with Novak Djokovic I trained in Paris instead, he congratulated me. The same Ivanisevic in Umag, they are satisfactions", revealed Zeppieri.
Nole wants to play the US Open
Novak Djokovic has found an admirer in actor Adam Baldwin.
Baldwin believes the Serb should not be denied a chance to play in a tournament because he chose 'bodily autonomy.' "Every tournament that denied Novak Djokovic entry because he chose bodily autonomy is an *asterisk* tournament," Adam Baldwin said in a tweet.
"Likewise are their prize winners *asterisk* prize winners. Novak is a GOAT! Shame on the sheep," he added. While his Canadian Open withdrawal is now official, the Serb still has a glimmer of hope to play in the Cincinnati Open.