In Argentina, a valuable victory for Matteo Mutti

At the WTT Contender Mendoza, in round 2 Matteo Mutti (no. 119 in the world ranking) achieved a very significant 3-2 victory (11-6, 11-4, 8-11, 7-11, 11-8) over Frenchman Thibault Poret (n. 110), an athlete in great shape and fresh from the quarterfinals reached in Rio de Janeiro. In round 3, crucial to get into the draw, he will face the other transalpine Can Akkuzu (n. 96)

The Italian started at 5-1, saw the margin halved and restarted (8-3). He got four set-points (10-6) and the first was enough for him. In the second set Mutti once again had a positive start (5-1) and from 5-3 he pushed to 9-3. He had four set points and took advantage of the second.

When the game restarted, Poret reacted (5-1), was brought closer (5-3) and from 7-5 scored the decisive breakthrough. The Frenchman persisted (5-0), recovered from 8-4 (8-7) and went all the way.

At the “beautiful” match Mutti regained the lead (3-1) and changed sides at 5-2. From 9-6 he was recovered (9-8), he rose to two match points and at the first a great response with the top forehand down the line gave him the success.

At the Aconcagua Arena, the 19-year-old Tomas Sanchi (n. 965) also performed excellently, losing 3-1 (10-12, 8-11, 11-7, 9-11) to the French Lilian Bardet ( no. 117) and her 16-year-old sister Candela, who lost 3-1 (3-11, 6-11, 11-7, 8-11) against the Puerto Rican Brianna Burgos (no. 138).

At 0.20 there will be a derby at table 3 (live at the link ) between Niagol Stoyanov (n. 125) and Andrea Puppo (n. 302).

In the photo Matteo Mutti in action

 
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