CORDENONS, August 19, 2017
Elias Ymer and Roberto Carballés-Baena will compete in Sunday’s title match of the €64,000 Acqua Dolomia Tennis Cup, held at the Eurosporting Complex in Cordenons.
The #NextGenATP player from Sweden dominated his semi-final encounter against Lorenzo Giustino of Italy, winning 6-2, 6-1 on Saturday evening. Ymer overpowered his opponent in most of the rallies from the baseline, saved all four break points he faced and converted five of his own to secure victory in 65 minutes.
Carballés-Baena benefited from the retirement of top seed Laslo Djere, leading 5-1. The World No. 108 from Serbia was forced to stop the match after only 27 minutes due to a right arm injury.
Ymer, who has recently joined forces with former World No. 4 Robin Söderling, will appear in his first final of the season. His head-to-head record with the Spaniard is tied at 2-2. Their last meeting took place on clay at the ATP Challenger in Mohammedia with Carballés-Baena winning in straight sets.
The 24-year-old from Tenerife is looking to clinch his second Challenger title of the season and third overall, following his triumph in Cortina d’Ampezzo last month. Ymer could lift his third career trophy at Challenger level. Both of his previous titles also came on Italian soil, winning in Caltanissetta in 2015 and one year later in Barletta.
Czechs Lift Doubles Trophies
In the afternoon, Roman Jebavy and Zdenek Kolar captured the doubles crown with a 6-2, 6-3 win over top seeds Matwe Middelkoop from the Netherlands and Igor Zelenay of Slovakia. The all-Czech-team finished runner-up in Cordenons last year but could take the title this time with a comfortable victory after 54 minutes.
“It was pretty even in the beginning of the match but then we made the first break and things turned in our direction. We really played well in the last games and I think we were the better team today,” Jebavy told Tennis TourTalk afterwards.
“We have teamed up only for the third time. Last year we lost after having match point. It’s our first title and maybe there are some more to come,” the World No. 63 in the doubles ranking added. In two weeks, Jebavy play at the US Open and would like to crack the Top-50 next.
“I have played a lot of tournament in recent times,” 20-year-old Kolar said. “I am still young, so I still want to improve with every tournament. Next up will be Poznan and probably some Futures in Hungary.”