Darderi Downs Zekic, Reaches Todi Quarterfinals

Luciano Darderi (photo: Rita Cerquiglini)

TODI/STARNBERG, August 16, 2023

World No. 250 Luciano Darderi leads the quarterfinals line-up of the Internazionali Città di Todi | Sidernestor Tennis Cup. The No. 7 seed of the €73,000 ATP Challenger Tour clay-court event in Italy defeated Serbian qualifier and 2016 Todi champion Miljan Zekic 6-4, 6-4 on Wednesday.

Darderi capitalized on three of his five break-point chances and won 53 per cent of the total points played to prevail after one hour and 38 minutes.

Darderi will face Spanish qualifier Carlos Sanchez Jover, who secured a 6-3, 7-5 victory in one hour and 40 minutes over Croatia’s Duje Ajdukovic. Seventeen-year-old Gabriel Debru from France also advanced to the stage of the final eight. The former junior World No. 1 won the derby against lucky loser Mathys Erhard 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 after two hours and 26 minutes.


Singles – Second Round

Clement Tabur b. Zsombor Piros (1) 6-0 6-1

Moez Echargui b. Michael Geerts 6-2 6-1

Felix Gill (Q) b. Enrico Dalla Valle (WC) 5-7 6-4 6-4

Luciano Darderi (7) b. Miljan Zekic (Q) 6-4 6-4

Carlos Sanchez Jover (Q) b. Duje Ajdukovic 6-3 7-5

Francesco Maestrelli (8) b. Nino Serdarusic 6-2 6-7(4) 6-2

Gabriel Debru b. Mathys Erhard (LL) 6-4 2-6 6-4