BERGAMO, February 11, 2016
The remaining four second round matches were scheduled on Thursday at the €42,500 ATP Challenger Internazionali di Tennis Trofeo Perrel-Faip, held at the Pala Norda in Bergamo.
The tournament’s number five Michael Berrer is the last seeded player left in the draw. The 35-year-old emerged victorious from the all-German-affair with Nils Langer winning 6-7, 7-6, 7-5. Berrer sent down 11 aces and converted six of his nine break points to finish the encounter after two hours and 38 minutes.
He will take on French qualifier Gregoire Barrere, who defeated Farrukh Dustov 6-3, 1-6, 6-3 in one hour and 24 minutes. The 21-year-old reached his second consecutive quarterfinals, after he had lost in the stage of the final eight at the $10,000 ITF Futures in Veigy-Foncenex two weeks ago.
Hiroki Moriya battled past Marton Fucsovics, winning 7-6, 2-6, 7-5. The 25-year-old Japanese won 73% of his first service points and broke his opponent’s serve four times to prevail in two hours and 32 minutes to face Marco Chiudinelli next.
“I played against Fucsovics one month ago in Australia. He plays well. I knew that I had to do some improvement, which I am glad to have done,” Moriya told. Like many of his compatriots, the Japanese built much of his career playing at Asian tournaments.
“I played a bad last year, winning only a few matches. So I decided to change. I am trying to establish a training base in Europe. I practice in Barcelona and my coach Miguel Gonzalez came with me to Bergamo,” he explains.
“It’s true, usually I play in Japan, China and Korea but now I want to change. I want to try new and different places. I think that playing tournaments in Europe is possibly the best thing.”
Aldin Setkic ousted Tristan Lamasine 6-3, 3-6, 6-4. The 28-year-old Bosnian withstood eight aces, hitting six of his own to advance after two hours and four minutes. Setkic will play Egor Gerasimov next.