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METZ, France (AP) — Lorenzo Sonego clinched his first title of the season by beating Alexander Bublik 7-6 (3), 6-2 in the Moselle Open final on Sunday.

The 27-year-old Italian did not drop a set all tournament as he won the third title of his career and first on hard courts.

“I improved my tennis every day, and I’m really happy for this match and this tournament," Sonego said. "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.”


The unseeded Sonego recovered from 0-40 down in the fifth game of the match and secured victory when the seventh-seeded Bublik sent a backhand return long.

He then danced on court as he celebrated a perfect tournament where he also beat defending champion Hubert Hurkacz in the semifinals.

“This is an emotional moment for me, because I had a tough year," Sonego added. "Now I’m going to enjoy this.”

Sonego's win will move him up 21 places in the ATP rankings and into 44th place.


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