‘It’s so special to win here’ Lorenzo Sonego claims title on home soil in Cagliari
Lorenzo Sonego has conquered Laslo Djere in the final of this week’s Sardegna Open in Cagliari.
Lorenzo Sonego overcame the Serbian from a set down 2-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-4 to claim his second ATP tour title and first on clay. He is the first Italian ATP tour level champion on home soil for 15 years, since Filippo Volandri won in Palermo in 2006.
‘I’d like to start by congratulating Laslo [Djere] on a great week,’ the Italian began during the trophy ceremony. ‘He played some great matches. And to your team, you’ve conducted yourselves extremely well and I wish you all the best for the next upcoming tournament.’
Despite the loss, Laslo Djere will climb back into the top-50 in the world rankings come Monday. Meanwhile, Lorenzo Sonego will break into the top-30 for the first time in his career.
‘And to my team as well. Thank you so so much for all of your help and all your support,’ Sonego continued. ‘You’ve been there (coach) Gipo [Arbino] all week.
‘And even the fans and friends and family who couldn’t be here today, in Cagliari. Thank you so much for being there [for me].
‘So, I’d like to thank you all. I couldn’t do what I do without your help and support.
‘It’s such an honour and so so special to play here on home soil in Italy.’
The match marked the first loss in a final for Laslo Djere, having won twice previously, in Sardinia last year and Rio de Janeiro in 2019. Lorenzo Sonego actually completed the double in Cagliari, winning the doubles alongside compatriot Andrea Vavassori.
Lorenzo Sonego will face Marton Fucsovics in the first round of Monte Carlo come Tuesday.
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