MANERBIO, August 8, 2019
Top seed Paolo Lorenzi opened his title bid at the Internazionali di Manerbio Trofeo “Dimmidisi” with a hard-fought three-set win over Peter Torebko from Germany on Thursday afternoon.
The World No. 126 from Italy converted three of his seven break points to secure a 2-6, 6-1, 6-4 victory in two hours and 10 minutes.
“I was aggressive and served well. That was key,” Lorenzi said after reaching the third round of the ATP Challenger 80 event. The 37-year-old Lorenzi has joined the Riccardo Piatti Academy in Bordighera.
“In April I ended the partnership with my Argentine coach Walter Grinovero,” Lorenzi said. “After a couple of months alone on the tour, I spoke with Max Sartori at Wimbledon about the possibility of going to Bordighera. I spent a week at the Academy and there was Andrea Volpini, the current coach of Jannik Sinner, and Cristian Brandi. I started to work with him. We traveled together to Perugia and Umag. Manerbio is our third tournament.” Lorenzi will next take on No. 16 seed Andrea Collarini of Argentina.
Fernando Coria booked his spot in the quarterfinals with a 7-5, 6-1 win over Scott Griekspoor from the Netherlands in one hour and 22 minutes. The No. 4 seed from Argentina will next face Zsombor Piros of Hungary.
Andrea Arnaboldi advanced with a comfortable 6-2, 6-3 victory over ITF-entry Francisco Cerundolo of Argentina. The No. 8 seed from Italy saved all six break points he faced, capitalizing on three of his own five break point chances to prevail after one hour and 20 minutes. Arnaboldi will play either Teymuraz Gabashvili from Russia or US-American Evan King in the stage of the final eight.