Sonego Secures Moselle Open Title In Metz

Lorenzo Sonego (photo: Corinne Dubreuil/Moselle Open)

METZ/STARNBERG, September 25, 2022

Lorenzo Sonego captured the title of the Moselle Open. The unseeded Italian downed seventh seed Alexander Bublik 7-6(3), 6-2 in the championship match in Metz on Sunday to claim his first ATP Tour title of 2022.

Sonego struck six aces and won 82 per cent of his first-service points to seal victory in one hour and 26 minutes.

“I improved my tennis every day, and I’m really happy for this match and this tournament,” said Sonego, who will depart France not having dropped a set at the ATP 250 indoor hard-court event. “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.”

“This is an emotional moment for me, because I had a tough year,” the 27-year-old added and is now 23-24 for the 2022 season. “Now I’m going to enjoy this moment.”

By winning his third ATP Tour title after the 2019 Antalya Open in Turkey and the Sardegna Open on home soil last year, Sonego earned €81,310 in prize money as well as 250 ATP Ranking points.

Nys/Zielinski earn doubles title

Earlier in the day, last year’s Moselle Open finalists Hugo Nys of Monaco and Jan Zielinski from Poland lifted the doubles trophies. The pair defeated second seeds Lloyd Glasspool from Great Britain and Harri Heliovaara of Finland 7-6(5), 6-4 to claim their maiden ATP Tour title at the indoor hard-court event.

“Really, really happy to win the first title together as a team,” said Nys after the 84-minute championship match win. “Funny story, last year I played the final against Jan and Hubert [Hurkacz], and I lost to them. This year we are back together, one year later, and we won together, so it’s a very nice story.

“First title. We made a final in Winston-Salem, and then the quarter-finals in the US Open. We were playing well. It was a very, very good week. All the matches were a very high level.”