There is always something to learn to re-read Gianni Clerici. In 1993, determined to say something politically incorrect about two talented players of the time, Gianluca Pozzi and Stefano Pescosolido, the great journalist who passed away a few months ago relies on the words of an “old friend” named Colombo, one who to enter without paying in the stadium of the Milanese indoor tournament takes a bottle of red from home to give to the guy who checks the tickets. During the semifinal at the Assago Forum of the tournament sponsored by Marlboro, Colombo takes it out, in Clerici’s story, with the two Italians on the field: “Those would be Davis candidates? One has legs that can go to Switzerland on foot , and pulls slower than I. The other has a golden arm but does not move metei togetherand perhaps a tennis player like those of our times will come out. “Typical” clericiata “in” clericiese “which ennobles the rhetorical artifice of having someone else pronounce what one does not want to express in person, as confirmed by Carlo Annovazzi, curator of “White gestures in Milan”, the collection of articles signed by the Scribe donated by Republic this week to his Lombard readers. Having devoured the book last night, the “Colombo” episode occurred to me during the blue derby between Matteo Arnaldi and Francesco Passaro which opened the second day of the Next Gen Finals on the carpet in the former Palalido now Allianz Cloud. Excellent tennis players, Arnaldi and Passaro: yet each should give something of himself to the other: “Passaldi” and “Arnaro” would be at least as strong as the Frankenstein that Clerici aka Colombo baptized “Pescopozzi”. A cold fusion that could be attempted in Zuckerberg’s metaverse – the two are peers, born in 2001, as well as great friends as training and doubles companions, which helps – combining the resilience of the Perugian with the aggressiveness of the Viareggio , for example, or Francesco’s insidious straight line with Matthew’s powerful reverse: so, to see the effect it has.
The match entertains and excites the very young afternoon crowd that converged in Piazza Stuparich from Trieste, Florence, Naples, as well as from the hinterland. The prevalence passes from one to the other, they seem to agree to lead the dances in turn although in the second and third set Arnaldi is more in the day in terms of conviction in his own means. Instead, the fourth set is taken by Passaro who also reveals a limp caused by cramps: if he takes it in comeback, moreover. Even in the final fraction the accelerations of both are regularly reduced, so as to never create a vacuum. The last tie break, the fourth of the game, is a prolonged and exciting head-to-head in which the decisive blow of the kidneys, that of the 10-8 which is worth 28 thousand euros (to be added to the 41 thousand of the participant fee), is from Passaro below. smash form. The final score, 4-3 2-4 3-4 4-3 4-3, is explicit; the record duration, 2 hours and 38 minutes, is enough to assign to Passaro vs. Arnaldi a place in the Guinness Book of Next Gen. Well done, guys.
Last night the Swiss southpaw Dominic Stricker, 20, had amazed tout-le-monde beating in three sets the second seed of the tournament, the British Jack Draper, also left-handed, with the serial score 4-3 4-3 4-3 and the three tie breaks won 7-5 7-5 7-5. The most concrete hope of post-Federal Swiss tennis was not spared in the service rounds, adding 14 aces and turning 86 percent of the first balls into play into points. Devastating. Today, opposed to Lorenzo Musetti in the last match of the day, the big boy from Munsingen repeats himself by exploiting every drop of the formidable power that mothering has endowed him with. In the first set he retraces the paths of the confrontation with the British less than 24 hours before: 4-3 with the break conquered by 7-5. The Carrarino, who has always struggled with players who tend not to exchange and only pull potential winners (I remember the three humiliating defeats at the hands of Reilly Opelka, including the 6-4 6-4 suffered on the ground of the Foro Italico last year), gets nervous and also gives up the second set after missing the opportunity to close the tie break in his favor (8-6). Stricker, undeterred, always continues to serve at over 200 per hour, often exceeding 210. Musetti tries to move him, to call him forward, to force him to refinements that are not yet totally in his repertoire, but which he will soon have available and will lead – count on us – to the Gotha of tennis. The third tie break arrives on time. This time the number 111 in the world makes one mistake too many (7-9). Nothing changes in the fourth fraction: Stricker is guaranteed the seventh tie break in two days that Musetti claws and makes his own (6-8). The fifth set is played well by both, resulting in a fifth tie break. Dominic puts in three spectacular minibreaks, Lorenzo recovers only one: 6-3. The Swiss passes 4-3 4-3 3-4 3-4 4-3, tomorrow Lollo will have to hurt Draper to reach the semifinal on Friday.
The other two games today saw the American Brandon Nakashima give a lesson in concreteness to the icy Czech Jiri Lehecka (4-1 4-3 4-2), while the most often mentioned Draper consoled himself by beating the Chinese by Taiwan Chun Hsin Tseng (1-4 4-2 4-3 4-2).