The Italian Lorenzo Sonego won the first semi-final of the Moselle Open, Saturday in Metz, against the Polish Hubert Hurkacz, number 10 in the world (7-6 6-4).
The first semifinal of the Moselle Open offered, on Saturday afternoon, a nice symbolic poster, the next day the great farewell party organized at La Laver Cup. In fact, he has faced the last man to have beaten Roger Federer (Hubert Hurkacz, in the 2021 Wimbledon quarterfinals) and the last man to have lost to the Swiss (Lorenzo Sonego, in the round of 16 of the same tournament).
It was the 27-year-old Italian who emerged victorious from this duel in which the servers won their games too easily during the first eighty minutes for the fight to become really exciting. The defending champion in Metz, Hurkacz, seeded No. 2 and 10th in the world this week, was probably a little less inhabited than Sonego (65th), who sought the first tie-break with energy (7-5), then the only rest. of the match at 3-3 in the second set, helped by inaccuracies by Hurkacz. Sonego then kept his commitment without trembling, White winning his last two games (7-6, 6-4 in 1h39).
“The impression of progressing day by day”
“I am super happy to find myself in the final for the first time this year and to have beaten ‘Hubi’, which is still very difficult to restart. he explained right after his victory. This week I am making the most of all my moments on the court and I feel like I am improving day by day. »
Lorenzo Sonego will play the fifth final of his career on Sunday, the second indoors, the first in 2022. He will aim for his third title against the winner of the second semifinal, who will face the Swiss Stan Wawrinka (284th and qualifications) in Kazakh Alexander Bublik (44th).