Metz | Sonego takes on Bublik for title

Unseeded Lorenzo Sonego will meet the seventh seeded Alexander Bublik in the Moselle Open final being held in Metz, France, after the two progressed through two vastly different semis on Saturday.

Hubert is a great server and it’s very tough to return the ball, but today I played so well and I enjoyed every moment on court, Lorenzo Sonego

Sonego required 99-minutes to down the big serving defending champion from Poland, the second seed Hubert Burkacz 7-6(5) 6-4 while Bublik was handed the final place when the three-time grand slam champion from Switzerland, a qualifier at this ATP Tour 250 event, retired whilst trailing 2-1.

For the 27-year-old Sonego from Turin it will be his fifth tour final where he hopes to add to the two titles he already holds but he will have to get past the two years younger, Monte Carlo based Kazak who so far has only the one.

In the Italian’s favour is the fact that he has come through the week without dropping a set while his opponent has been stretched over three in four of the five matches he has played. In addition, Sonego holds a 3-0 win-loss advantage over him.

“I am really happy, because this is my first final this year. I have played so well day after day. I am really happy for that.

“Hubert is a great server and it’s very tough to return the ball, but today I played so well and I enjoyed every moment on court,” Sonego said following his victory.

The match hinged on who could master the others serve and that proved to be Sonego who held his own until the tie-break which he edged for the loss of five points, and then converted his only break-point of the match in the seventh game of the second set to lead 4-3, a lead he successfully clung on to get over the finish line.


Alexander Bublik was handed a place in the final

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