Lorenzo Sonego Beats Matteo Berrettini In Stuttgart | ATP Tour


Lorenzo Sonego succeeded the place 9 of Matteo Berrettini’s earlier BOSS OPEN opponents had failed on Monday in Stuttgart.

The World No. 41 Sonego ended Berrettini’s unbeaten document on the grass-court ATP 250 by racing to a 6-1, 6-2 victory in opposition to his fellow Italian. Sonego produced an authoritative efficiency to avenge his 2022 Stuttgart quarter-final defeat to Berrettini, who gave the impression to be struggling bodily for a lot of the match.

“It’s robust,” stated Sonego in his on-court interview when requested about Berrettini, who lifted the trophy on his earlier Stuttgart appearances in 2019 and 2022. “I’m not joyful as a result of he’s my finest good friend on Tour and it’s robust to see him like that. I hope one of the best for him within the subsequent event.

“At the moment I performed my finest tennis. That is my first event on grass, my first match, and I performed very well. I’m actually joyful about that.”

Sonego saved all six factors he confronted within the 71-minute encounter to notch his first High 30 win on grass. The Italian is now 16-14 for the 2023 season and arrived in Germany off the again of a run to the fourth spherical at Roland Garros. His second-round opponent will likely be residence favorite Daniel Altmaier or Christopher O’Connell.

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One other Italian, Lorenzo Musetti, had no hassle reserving his second-round spot in Stuttgart. The sixth seed downed qualifier Borna Gojo 7-6(4), 6-3 for his maiden tour-level victory on grass on the fifth try.

Musetti saved a set level within the tenth recreation en path to the primary set in opposition to Gojo earlier than claiming the one break of the match within the second to seal an 89-minute win. The Italian, who rose to a career-high No. 17 within the Pepperstone ATP Rankings on Monday after his fourth-round run at Roland Garros, will play Oscar Otte or Gregoire Barrere within the second spherical.

Musetti’s fellow 21-year-old Jiri Lehecka additionally notched his first tour-level win on grass with a 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 win in opposition to Marcos Giron. The No. 37 ranked Czech now prepares for his maiden ATP Head2Head assembly in opposition to third seed Frances Tiafoe within the second spherical.


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