Napolitano Falls, Seeded Players Advance At Val Gardena Challenger

Ortisei defending champion Stefano Napolitano lost in the second round (photo: Alex Runggaldier)

ORTISEI, October 11, 2017

Four players advanced to the quarterfinals of the €64,000 ATP Challenger Val Gardena held at the Tennis Club Ortisei on Wednesday. Fourth seed Pierre-Hugues Herbert emerged victorious from the all-French-encounter with Kenny de Schepper, winning 7-6, 6-4.


Oscar Otte – photo: Alex Runggaldier

The World No. 86 didn’t face a break point, converting one of his own to secure victory in one hour and 13 minutes. Herbert awaits the winner of the match between sixth favourite Dustin Brown and German qualifier Marc Sieber.

The tournament’s number seven Oscar Otte rallied from a set down to overcome Spanish #NextGenATP player Bernabé Zapata Miralles 6-7, 6-1, 6-4. The 24-year-old German fired 13 aces, winning 84 per cent of his first service points to prevail after one hour and 32 minutes. Next up for Otte will be Lorenzo Sonego of Italy, who beat his compatriot Matteo Viola 6-4, 6-1.

Wild card entry Matteo Donati knocked out defending champion Stefano Napolitano. The 22-year-old Italian won 5 points more than his opponent to celebrate a 4-6, 6-4, 7-5 win after two hours and nine minutes. Donati will next face either local favourite Andreas Seppi or Salvatore Caruso.