Italian Wild Cards Advance In Napoli

Stefano Napolitano (photo: Capri Watch Cup)

NAPOLI, April 4, 2016

Two first round matches were scheduled on Monday at the Capri Watch Cup, an €42,500 ATP Challenger event, held at the Tennis Club in Napoli.

Italian wild card Gianluca Mager caused the upset of the day, knocking out third seed Jan-Lennard Struff 7-6, 4-6, 6-4. The 21-year-old world number 335, who appears in his only second Challenger main draw of the season, withstood 14 aces, hitting six of his own to prevail in exactly two hours of play. Mager will play either play Marius Copil or Bulgarian qualifier Dimitar Kuzmanov next.

Stefano Napolitano (photo: Capri Watch Cup)

Stefano Napolitano (photo: Capri Watch Cup)

With Stefano Napolitano, another local wild card advanced to the second round. The 20-year-old from Biella emered victorious from the all-Italian-affair with Matteo Donati, winning 6-3, 6-7, 6-2. Napolitano won 75% of his first service points and capitalized on seven of his 13 break point opportunities to finish the encounter after two hours and 20 minutes.

“It is always nice to play in Napoli,” Napolitano said afterwards. “It was a tough match today but it gives me a lot of confidence. Donati is one the best talents of our generation. It is always difficult to play against him. I hope to go as deep as possible into the tournament.”

Napolitano awaits the winner of the match between sixth seed Gastao Elias and Igor Sijsling.