Sonego Dominates On Home Soil To Clinch Genova Challenger Title

Lorenzo Sonego (photo: AON Open Challenger)

GENOVA, September 9, 2018

Lorenzo Sonego has celebrated his biggest triumph on the tour by winning the AON Open Challenger in Genova. The No. 8 seed from Italy defeated Dustin Brown of Germany 6-2, 6-1 in Sunday’s singles final of the €127,000 ATP Challenger clay-court event.

In front of packed stands on Centre Court of the Centro tennis di Valletta Cambiaso in Genova, Sonego saved all six break points he faced, converting four of his own to secure victory in one hour and eight minutes.

“It’s really an incredible emotion,” Sonego said after the match. He has become the fifth Italian winner in Genova. “I felt good and I dreamed of winning this trophy. My performance against Brown? It was not easy, he is a great player but I managed to play a perfect match without making mistakes. I’m really happy because this is a very high level tournament and I thank the crowd for their support.”

The 23-year-old Italian clinched his second trophy on the ATP Challenger Tour following his victory in Ortisei last year. Sonego earns €18,200 in prize money as well as 125 ATP-Ranking points.

Earlier in the day, Kevin Krawietz and Andreas Mies of Germany took the doubles title. The duo beat the all-Slovak-combination of Martin Klizan and Filip Polasek 6-2, 3-6, 10-2. The encounter lasted one hour and 15 minutes.