TODI, August 21, 2020
Yannick Hanfmann continued his fine form this week at the Tennis Club Todi 1971 with a straight-set win over the tournament’s No. 2 seeded Italian Marco Cecchinato in Friday’s quarterfinal of the €88,520 Internazionali Di Tennis Citta Di Todi.
On another hot and sunny day with temperatures of more than 35 degrees Celsius in Central Italy, the World No. 143 from Germany converted three of his six break point chances to secure a 6-4, 6-4 win after one hour and 18 minutes.
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“He is the second seed of the tournament and is playing at home in Italy, so I expected to be the underdog,” Hanfmann said afterwards. “I knew that the conditions today would suit my serve and he struggled a bit on the backhand. I just tried to stay aggressive and I am happy that it worked out.”
Hanfmann will next take on Gian Marco Moroni. The last Italian standing in the draw, came back from a set and a break down to overcome Cedrik-Marcel Stebe of Germany in a late-night finish under the lights at Campo Centrale in Todi. The 22-year-old Rome native won by the score of 2-6, 7-5, 6-3 in two hours and 11 minutes.
Gaio falls to Hoang
In other action, No. 3 seeded Italian Federico Gaio had seen his hopes of success on home soil dashed when he lost to Frenchman Antoine Hoang. The Aix-en-Provence resident broke Gaio’s serve four times to prevail 7-5, 4-6, 6-4 after two hours and 42 minutes.
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“It has been a tough week and a tough match today,” Hoang said. “It was difficult at every point of the match. I was 4-2 down in the third set but I kept fighting until the end. It is a very satisfying win.”
Hoang will play Bernabe Zapata Miralles in the semi-finals. The 23-year-old Spaniard benefited from the retirement of No. 5 seed Facundo Bagnis of Argentina, who was forced to stop playing due to a leg injury, trailing 3-5 in the opening set.