Lorenzo Sonego joined countryman Matteo Berrettini as Italians to win grass titles this month after denying Miomir Kecmanovic 6-7(5), 7-6(5), 6-1 in the final of the Antalya ATP event in Turkey.
To win his first ATP trophy, Sonego saved a match point on his own serve late in the second, then rolled the 19-year-old in the decider.
“It is the first title and I am so happy for my family, for my coach, for all the people who support me,” said the 24-year-old Sonego. “I like, so much, playing on the grass, it was fun and now I am ready for Wimbledon. It is a good chance for me because I have a good feeling now and I try to do the best.”
The 75th-ranked Sonego entered the event on a six-match losing skid and he had never won a match on grass before.
Kecmanovic was also seeking his first ATP title.
“Thank you to everybody who came out to support us,” said Kecmanovic. “It was amazing to play in front of you… Thank you to my coach and physio, I hope to be back next year.”
The 24-year-old Sonego will break into the Top 50 for a first time after the win. He’ll open play Monday at Wimbledon against Marcel Granollers.
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