December 2, 2022

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Monday debut for Sonego (5 p.m. on TV)

The first good thing Lorenzo Sonego in “Boss Open”, ATP 250 Championship with a total prize pool of €692,235 which is played in the grassy fields of Stuttgart, Germany, One of the two events (the other is s’-Hertogenbosch) that opens the tennis season on the lawns.

27 years old from Turin, 32 in order and sixth favorite in sowing, 75 beat 62, In an hour and 17 minutes into the match, French Benoit Bayer, 80 ATP.

There was no precedent between the two. The match lasted basically a set. Lorenzo got off to a poor start in the break initially with a double fault but the 33-year-old from Avignon immediately returned the favor (1-1). The Piedmontese lost their serve again to zero in the fifth game, and the Frenchman saved himself in the next (4-2) and defended the advantage until 5-3, then the interruption that resulted in five games in a row for the 27-year-old. From Torino, who secured the first set 7-5 and started on the right foot also in the second half. The Frenchman stopped the bleeding (1-1) and also remained relatively calm, but after he was broken in the fourth game (3-1) with his head he left the match and without risking anything, Lorenzo closed 6-2 to the second useful. a ball.

“It’s my first time here but I was instantly happy with it – Hot Blue commented – I love playing on the grass, even if the transition from ground to lawn isn’t easy at all. At the beginning of the match I had some problems because I had never had him before but I knew he could play unbelievable, then I broke up and everything went well.”

In the second round – Wednesday – German Sonego will find Jan-Lennard Struff on the other side of the net, 103rd out of the rankings, on the scoreboard thanks to a wild card, which he had never encountered in his career. The 32-year-old from Warstein in Stuttgart bragged to the 2019 semi-final, stopping by Berrettini and then the tournament winner.

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As for Sonego on grass, in Antalya in 2019 (by canceling the match point against Serbian Kikmanovic in the final), the Piedmontese won their first ATP title.