Challenger of Parma, Cecchinato surrenders to Ymer in three sets

After a dominated first set the Sicilian yields to the Swede n. 148 of the world who will challenge Coric in the final

Nothing to do for Marco Cecchinato, who deceives but does not hit the final of the Challenger 125 in Parma. In fact, the last act of the Emilia-Romagna Tennis Cup will be played by Elias Ymer and Borna Coric, on the courts of the Tennis Club President in Montechiarugolo Cecchinato after a first set dominated far and wide against the Swede Elias Ymer (number 148 in the world) has deceived the many spectators who flocked to the stands of the Tc President: for a long time we have not seen such a devastating version of the Sicilian, which seemed to be that of 2018, of the victory over Novak Djokovic and the semifinal at Roland Garros. In the second set, everything changes: Ymer, who until then was almost a non-paying spectator at the Azzurri party, becomes very solid and flawless in the crucial points.

The key

The break suffered at 4-3 is in fact the pass for the Swede towards a draw. At the beginning of the third set the doubt becomes nervousness, and then frustration: at the end of the service, crashed on 1-1, Ceck vents with two balls, which fly beyond the stands of Montechiarugolo, and on 2-1 Ymer wins the most long of the game by canceling two break points. The advantage in his favor will remain the same (2-6 6-3 6-2), with the Italian tennis player willing but too foul. The path taken at the Internazionali di Parma still remains positive for Cecchinato, but the knockout with Ymer confirms that the Palermo player must return to being more constant.

Coric goes

The second semifinal, the one between Coric and Lajovic, is indeed a luxury at Challenger level. The Croatian, for one thing, four years ago beat Federer in the final in Halle these days and reached a few weeks after the final in Shanghai, while the Serbian in 2019 was Fognini’s opponent in the Monte Carlo final, with the victory of ‘light blue. The previous five (3-2 for Lajovic, the last of which a marathon for 6-4 to the third in favor of the Serbian again played just a month ago at the Master 1000 in Madrid) presaged extreme balance, but this was not the case. Coric dominated the first set in just over half an hour without giving Lajovic the slightest crack. In the second set the services took over until the 5-5, when the former world number 12 accelerated and made the decisive break closing the accounts with a score of 6-1 7-5. Borna’s weekly progression bodes well for the future: leaving behind the serious shoulder injury and the stop of more than a year, the physical condition appears to be restored and the road to return to the positions that belong to him is not so uphill. The first title of the Emilian Internationals was awarded: the couple made up of Luciano Darderi and Fernando Romboli won over the duo formed by Denys Molchanov and Igor Zelenay with a score of 6-2 6-3.

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