The unseeded Italian, Lorenzo Sonego, brought the curtain down on the Moselle Open in Metz, France, by claiming the title and, as he has done all week, didn’t drop a set!
It’s really tough to play against Alexander, because he is an unbelievable player with an amazing serve, good talent, and it is always tough to play him Lorenzo Sonego
In the final he beat the seventh seeded Kazakh Alexander Bublik 7-6(3) 6-2 in 87-minutes to claim his first Tour title of 2022 and improve his overall tally to three.
“I improved my tennis every day, and I’m really happy for this match and this tournament,” said Sonego following his success.
“I like the atmosphere here, it was unbelievable today and yesterday and this week.
“It’s really tough to play against Alexander, because he is an unbelievable player with an amazing serve, good talent, and it is always tough to play him.”
Appearing in his fifth tour-level final, Sonego crucially recovered from 0-40 to hold in the fifth game of the first set before edging Bublik in the tie-break in what proved to be a tough opener.
The 27-year-old then kept his composure to ride out all Bublik’s attempts to get a foothold on the match, to romp home for his fourth win over the Kazakh who has yet to get the better of him.
“This is an emotional moment for me, because I had a tough year,” said Sonego, who stands 23-24 (win-loss) for the 2022 season. “Now I’m going to enjoy this moment.”
Sunday’s final was Sonego’s first on the ATP Tour since Eastbourne in June 2021, but the Italian showed no sign of nerves as he picked up where he left off in Saturday’s semi-final triumph against second seed Hubert Hurkacz, the defending champion from Poland.
The Italian struck the ball crisply from deep and was once again impressive on serve striking 7 aces and fending off three break points.
“Big congrats to Lorenzo. It’s always a pleasure to lose against you, as I told you at the net!” Bublik joked on receiving his runners-up trophy and referring to the fact that he never beaten him.
Sonego’s run in north-eastern France has propelled the Italian up 21 spots to No. 44 in the world rankings as he becomes the fourth Italian tour-level singles champion of the year, joining Matteo Berrettini, Lorenzo Musetti, and Jannik Sinner who have won earlier in the season.