Dalla Valle without a chance against Klein
Federico Gaio has lived up to his role as favorite at the Sparkasse Challenger Val Gardena South Tyrol in the quarterfinals. The number 3 of the tournament won the Italian duel against sensation Luca Giacomini with 7:6 (3), 7:6 (2) and reached the semi-finals as the only seed at South Tyrol's most important tennis tournament. On Saturday, Gaio will play Poland's Maks Kasnikowski for a place in Sunday's final. The second semi-final is Lukas Klein (Slovakia) against Billy Harris (Great Britain). Saturday's tournament day begins at 11 a.m. with the doubles final. As always, admission to the tennis hall in Ortisei is free.
Gaio started as he should with a break in the first game, but Giacomini fought for every ball as in the matches before, showed excellent tennis and equalized at 3:3. The first set was decided in a tiebreak, which the favorite secured. In the second set, Giacomini started with a break, this time Gaio equalized at 2:2, he took a 5:3 lead and served to win the match, but he conceded the break and even had to fend off three break points in a row at 5:5, 0:40. In the tiebreak, Gaio took a 6-0 lead and converted his third match point after 1:53 hours in a high-class and exciting match.
"Giacomini plays very well on this surface, he puts pressure and hardly makes any mistakes, so it wasn't easy. But in the first set I served well and I was able to win.
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