CORDENONS, August 16, 2019
Markus Eriksson caused the upset of the day by knocking out top seed and defending champion Paolo Lorenzi of Italy in Thursday’s third-round night session at the Acqua Dolomia Serena Wines Tennis Cup – Internazionali del FVG held at Eurosporting Cordenons.
The World No. 310 from Sweden broke his opponent’s serve five times to seal a 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 victory in two hours and 12 minutes.
Upset! World No. 310 Markus Eriksson 🇸🇪 knocks out defending champion and top seed Paolo Lorenzi 🇮🇹 winning 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 under the floodlights at @EurosportingExp in Cordenons. pic.twitter.com/PUAQbkoh0A
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“He is a very tough opponent, very physical on the court but I went for some shots in the third set and I was the luckier one in the end,” Eriksson told Tennis TourTalk afterwards. “I am very happy with the win. It was a very special experience for me tonight. I usually play Futures tournaments, Court 13, so this is what I practice for. It was really fun to play in front so many people.”
Eriksson has clinched two title on the ITF World Tennis Tour so far this season and also made it into the semis of the ATP Challenger in Segovia a couple of weeks ago on hard court. He will next take on Andrea Collarini of Argentina.
“There are a lot of tough opponents here but I am playing well. So let’s see, hopefully I can do one more round,” Eriksson is looking forward to his upcoming task.
Later in the evening, No. 2 seed Andrej Martin of Slovakia fell to Brazilian teenager Thiago Seyboth Wild. The 19-year-old from Rio de Janeiro won 6-2, 6-2 in 67 minutes.
Jahn back in Cordenons
Over on Court Serena Wines 1881, Jeremy Jahn played rock-solid tennis against Andrea Basso of Italy, winning 6-2, 6-4. The 29-year-old German won 55 per cent of the total points played to advance in one hour and 24 minutes.
“The first three rounds went really well here,” Jahn told Tennis TourTalk. “I actually wanted to play at home in Meerbusch but I didn’t make the cut. So, I decided to come here and it has been worth the trip so far.”
The Munich native, who is currently based in Düsseldorf and practices with Alexander Flock, played team matches for the local club in Cordenons. “I played here at the age of 18 and entered the tournament with a wild card. I beat Benoit Paire but lost to Oscar Hernandez in the second round. The following year, I lost to Mischa Zverev and it’s been my first time here since then. It’s really nice to be back, as the venue is really great and you feel comfortable.”
Next up for Jahn will be Gian Marco Moroni of Italy. The No. 11 seed knocked off the tournament’s No. 5 Alejandro Tabilo of Chile 7-6(1), 2-6, 6-3.