Lorenzo Sonego wins the Metz tournament

Twenty-four hours after eliminating defending champion Hubert Hurkacz, Lorenzo Sonego won the Moselle Open in Metz by dominating Alexander Bublik (7-6 [3], 6-2) Sunday. This is his third title on the circuit, the first of the season.

Lorenzo Sonego started from afar but did not steal victory at the Moselle Open. On the starting line, the 27-year-old Italian was unseeded but very impressive all week, notably leaving the defending champion, Hubert Hurkacz, in the semi-finals.

On Sunday he confirmed this performance by dominating Alexander Bublik (7-6 [3], 6-2, at 1h26). En route to the title, Sonego did not drop a set. And the 65th in the world will only have lost his service three times in five games. He thus secured the third title of his career on a hard indoor court, the third on another surface after Antalya 2019 (grass) and Cagliari 2021 (clay).

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Bublik tried to save a double break point with the handle of his racket

It is thanks to the quality of his commitment that he came out of his only trick of the match. During the fifth game of the first set, he had to give up three break points. He accomplished it with authority, thus displaying emotional stability superior to that of his adversary. Two fine, well-negotiated points later gave him the decider, 7 points to 3. He had done the hard part.

In fact, Bublik completely lost the thread during the second run. Thus, he served at 1 everywhere, drafting an easy backhand volley, then slipped away playing (and losing) a double break point with the handle of the racket. Obviously, the Kazakh, 44th in the world, was no longer there… Thus he lost his sixth final of seven disputed. Thanks to his success, Sonego, 21st in the world less than a year ago, still 32nd before Wimbledon, will return to the top 50, ranked 44th, on Monday.

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Lorenzo Sonego has become the fourth Italian in Metz to win a title this season, after Matteo Berrettini (Stuttgart, Queen’s), Lorenzo Musetti (Hamburg) and Jannik Sinner (Umag).

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