Lorenzo Sonego has become the first Italian for 15 years to capture an ATP tour clay-court title on home soil after fighting back to beat the Serbian holder Laslo Djere and win the Sardinia Open.
Third-seeded Sonego had to dig deep in the second set before prevailing 2-6 7-6 (7-5) 6-4 in a final lasting just over three hours to win his second ATP title.
“The match was long and I remained calm in the second-set tiebreaker,” Sonego said.
“I knew the match wasn’t finished because I had always kept fighting.
“Now, I am really tired, but I am very happy. I am happy to follow in (Filippo) Volandri’s footsteps and win a title on home soil.”
It was Sonego’s second trophy in as many days after he partnered Andrea Vavassori to the Cagliari doubles…