Marterer Masters Taberner At Perugia Challenger

Maximilian Marterer (photo: MEF Tennis Events)


Germany’s Maximilian Marterer headlined Tuesday’s first-round action at the Internazionali Di Tennis Città Di Perugia| G.I.MA Tennis Cup by knocking out Carlos Taberner of Spain, top seed of the ATP Challenger 125 clay-court event.

The 26-year-old qualifier sent down five aces and won 83 per cent of his first-service points to secure a 7-6(4), 6-3 victory in one hour and 46 minutes.

“It was good because I  was a break down right after the beginning. I just kept going, didn’t give up or was impressed, as he started really well today. I did good in these tough conditions with a lot of wind. I also served well in the important moments,” said Marterer, a winner of seven Challenger crowns. The World No. 208 will next take on home favourite Andrea Arnaboldi, who benefited from the retirement of fellow Italian Filippo Baldi. Arnaboldi was leading 7-5, 3-1 when Baldi was forced to stop playing due to an elbow injury.

In the bottom half of the draw, second-seeded Spaniard Jaume Munar defeated local wild card entry Matteo Arnaldi 6-2, 7-5 to reach the second round. The World No. 92 capitalized on four of his six break-point chances and won 61 per cent of the total points played to prevail after one hour and 26 minutes. Up next for Munar will be last week’s Forli Open finalist Francesco Passaro of Italy, who battled past his compatriot Giovanni Oradini 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 in two hours and 23 minutes.

Perugia Tuesday Results

First Round – Singles

Giulio Zeppieri b. Daniel Elahi Galan 6-7(4) 7-5 6-3Thiago Monteiro b. Giorgio Tabacco 6-2 6-1Andrea Arnaboldi b.. Filippo Baldi 7-5 3-1 rit.Salvatore Caruso b. Elliot Benchetrit 7-6(3) 6-3Luciano Darderi b. Gastao Elias 6-3 6-2Alessandro Giannessi b. Nerman Fatic 7-5 ret.Luca Potenza b. Elias Ymer 6-4 3-6 6-4Cristian Rodriguez b. Matteo Gigante 6-3 6-2
Francesco Passaro b. Giovanni Oradini 6-4 2-6 6-4Maximilian Marterer b. Carlos Taberner 7-6(4) 6-3Jaume Munar b. Matteo Arnaldi 6-2 7-5