Napolitano loses at Italian open to Jarry

Italian Open: Napolitano says farewell

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Italy’s last singles player left the Italian Open tournament yesterday but can be proud of his achievements. Stefano Napolitano came in on a wild card, and proved he was worthy of the offer.

Stefano Napolitano emerged to the enthusiastic applause of the Grand Stand Arena, but a spirited and growing performance was not enough to contain the power and greater experience of Nicolas Jarry. The Chilean, ranked 24th in the ATP and seeded 21st in the Italian Open, won the third-round match against the Piedmontese with a score of 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 after two hours and twenty-one minutes of good tennis.

Stefano reacted well to a very complicated first part of the match, forced to chase his rival’s heavy shots – without the help of the first serve. Finishing down by a set and a break at the start of the second set, Napolitano increased the intensity of his shots starting from the return, finally managing to move Jarry with a deep, top-spin forehand. Napolitano thus took the second set.

From then on, the match continued on the edge of balance, with Napolitano increasingly decisive and ready to overturn the exchange in his favour with incisive shots.

The match was decided at 1 all in the third set, the toughest and most fought of the match: Napolitano saved two break points, failed to close it with three advantages in his favour. In his following service game, he served a double fault giving Jarry the break. Napolitano fought until the end, pushing his rival to the limit, but it was not to be.

Super Tuesday

Two of the women’s quarter finals are on centre court today, with the world and no.1 seed Iga Swiatek taking on the American Marian Keys. They are followed on court by Coco Gauff vs China’s Zheng.

Swiatek has been on top form, recently taking the Madrid Masters, so she is favourite to take that match. Coco Gauff, no.3 in the world is also favourite to win her match.

All of the men’s Round of 16 are scheduled for today, with the standout matches Fritz versus Dimitrov, and Tsitsipas facing De Minaur.

There is still Italian interest in the doubles with Bolelli and Vavassori taking on the no.2 seeds Bopanna and Ebden in the round of 16. At the time of writing, the Italian pair have already taken the first set.

The women’s doubles sees Errani and Paolini in the quarterfinals taking on Kicheno and Ostapenko. The latter is also in the women’s singles quarterfinals, playing tomorrow against Sabalenka.

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