Rain Heavily Disrupts Neckarcup Quarterfinals

2015 Heilbronn runner-up Guido Pella is the first player to reach the stage of the final four of the ATP Challenger event. The Argentine defeated Marco Cecchinato in straight sets. All other matches had to be postponed to Saturday.

Neckarcup ATP Challenger Heilbronn

HEILBRONN, May 19, 2017

Inclement weather interrupted Friday’s quarterfinals at the €64,000 NECKARCUP, as heavy rain in Heilbronn meant only one match was able to reach a conclusion.

Pella

Guido Pella advanced to the quarterfinals in Heilbronn

In an encounter between two in-form-players, Guido Pella, who finished runner-up to Alexander Zverev at the BMW Open in Munich two weeks ago, eased past Roma Garden Challenger champion Marco Cecchinato, winning 6-2, 6-2. The match lasted only 58 minutes.

The 27-year-old Argentine dominated his opponent and didn’t face a single break point, converting four of his own to secure victory in just under one hour of play.

Pella awaits the winner of the match between Serbian qualifier Filip Krajinovic and Marton Fucsovics from Hungary. The encounter on Court 1 was suspended at 4-4 and will resume on Saturday morning at 11 am local time.

Fourth seed Norbert Gombos of Slovakia will take on the tournament’s number eight Casper Ruud from Norway and Italian Lorenzo Giustino will face seventh favourite Andrej Martin from Slovakia for the last two spots in the stage of the final four.