Lorenzo Sonego emerged victorious from a strong Metz field taking down Alexander Bublik 7-6(3), 6-2 in the title match on Sunday.
The 27-year-old Sonego earned his third career ATP title and first on hard courts.
“I improved my tennis every day, and I’m really happy for this match and this tournament,” said Sonego. “I like the atmosphere here, it was unbelievable today and yesterday and this week. It’s really tough to play against Alexander, because he is an unbelievable player with an amazing serve, good talent, and it is always tough to play him.”
Sonego didn’t drop a set all week with wins over Aslan Karatsev, Gilles Simon, Sebastian Korda and Hubert Hurkacz going into the final.
Bublik, who got a semifinal retirement from Stan Wawrinka, had won his first title in Montpellier earlier in the year.
“Big congrats to Lorenzo. It’s always a pleasure to lose against you, as I told you at the net!” said Bublik. “Thanks to my team, thanks to everyone for supporting me and I was happy to be back in the finals in France.”
While Wawrinka retired in his semifinal, he did enjoy his best event in two years and upset Daniil Medvedev along the way.
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