New stop for Stefano Napolitano. On the second day of the International Championships Citta di Biella the number 289 was defeated by Brayden Schnur (also born in 1995, who dropped to 216th place in the ranking after being 92 in August two years ago) with a score of 6- 2, 6-4. The Canadian often tries to come to the net, showing a great touch. His first service travels above 200 km / h, but the blue finds good timing right from the first answers. In the third game Napolitano builds five break points, but fails to capitalize on even one. And so, after a phase of substantial balance, at the first difficulties (0-30 with a double foul and a free forehand) the home player packs up, losing the bar twice and letting the Canadian fly. The lack of confidence for a lackluster start to 2021 is felt in the key moments of the match. Napolitano realizes that he has to ask for more on his turn and thus manages to produce three aces in the fourth game and two in the sixth. In between, two other opportunities to take away the joke from the rival (in the end there will be seven chances), not exploited. Thus the bitter ending in the tenth game with surgical Schnur in capitalizing on every opportunity.
The exploit of the day comes from the seventeen year old Luca Nardi. The Pesaro-born, wild card and number 800 in the ranking, took exactly an hour to oust the third favorite on the eve of the Challenger from Biella: the Japanese Yuichi Sugita (108 Atp), beaten with a double 6-2. Flag of the Rising Sun definitively lowered with the knockout suffered by Yasutaka Uchiyama (109) beaten by Lorenzo Giustino for 7-5, 6-4.
The bad day of the seeded heads continued with the elimination of number 8 Martin Klizan (156), at the hands of the German Matthias Bachinger for 6-1, 6-1 and above all of the number 102 of the James Duckworth ranking surpassed by Andrea Arnaboldi for 6-4, 6-3. On the other hand, 5 was saved, granted to the German Peter Gojowczyk (125), who after losing the first set at the tie-break with Giulio Zeppieri, recovered, leaving only one game to the nineteen year old from Rome.