Pippo lost at Rome in R2 to Wawrinka 1-6 6-3 2-6, and then lost in R1 to Dolgopolov in Nice 5-7 3-6. Had opportunities in both matches, but both players are true clay courters, and are a level above Pippo at this point.
So, Filippo goes into RG with a 7-10 ATP record, and is ranked #74. Given the way the season started, I'm happy so far with his results. He defends 80 points from winning a challenger in Rome the second week of RG last year, and then little until August, so he has the opportunity to get near the top 50 these next few months with good results. Most importantly if he keeps around the same standard he's been at so far this year, he should stay top 100 the entire season, which would be a good accomplishment.
Hopefully he has a great week of training and can win some matches at the French