Lorenzo Sonego invites you to Moselle Open Metz title | ATP Tour

Lorenzo Sonego‘s perfect week at the Moselle open is completed.

The Italian has sunk the seventh seed Alexander Bulik 7-6(3), 6-2 in the Championship game in Metz on Sunday to clinch his first ATP Tour title of 2022. The 27-year-old’s 87-minute victory ensured he will leave France without dropping a set in the ATP 250 indoor hard court event.

“I’ve improved my tennis every day and I’m really looking forward to this match and this tournament,” said Sonego after the match. “I like the atmosphere here, it was amazing today and yesterday and this week. It’s really difficult to play against Alexander because he’s an incredible player with a fantastic serve and great talent and it’s always difficult to play against him.”

Appearing at tour level in his fifth final, Sonego bounced back crucially at 0/40 to hold in game five of the match before defeating Bublik in a hard-fought opening set by raising his level in the tiebreak. The Italian then kept his composure as Bublik displayed a series of trick shots in the second set to seal the win and extend his ATP Head2Head series lead against the Kazakh to 4-0.

“This is an emotional moment for me because I’ve had a tough year,” said Sonego, who is now 23-24 for the 2022 season. “Now I will 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 nervousness as he picked up where he left off in Saturday’s semi-final triumph over the runners-up Hubert Hurkacz. The Italian hit the ball crisply from deep and was again impressive on serve, winning 82 percent (36/44) of the points behind his first throw overall.

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Bublik had won his first ATP Tour trophy on French hard courts in Montpellier in February but the world No. 44 failed to cap a dream debut week in Metz with a trophy as he struggled to counter effectively against a confident Sonego.

“Congratulations to Lorenzo. It’s always a pleasure to lose to you, like I told you online!” Bublik joked at the award ceremony. “Thanks to my team, thanks to everyone who supported me and I was happy to be back in the final in France.”

In addition to Bublik, Sonego also defeated seeded players Aslan Karatsev and Hubert Hurkacz in Metz, where he made his third appearance. Sonego’s run in north-eastern France has catapulted the Italian up 21 spots to 44th in the Pepperstone ATP Live rankings.

Sonego’s previous Tour titles were won on grass in Antalya in 2019 and on clay in Cagliari in 2021. The 27-year-old is the fourth Italian individual champion at tour level of the year Matteo Berretini, Lorenzo Musetti and Jannik sinner 2022 also raise trophies.

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