That Lorenzo Sonego is experiencing a crisis of results is, unfortunately, undeniable; the three straight losses he endured in his debut between Bastad and Kitzbuhel only serve to confirm this tragic but real decline.
The opportunity to smile again was presented to the Piedmontese by his opponent at the Generali Open, Pablo Andujar. However, since April 5 of last year, in Marrakech, the Spaniard had not won a match on the major circuit.
Sonego lost 4-6, 6-3, (4) 6-7 despite having multiple opportunities to break out of his slump. The Italian, having regained the break, squandered two game balls at 3-3 in the first game fraction, and subsequently lost his serve again because of an ill-advised backhand.
Andujar, content with merely containing his opponent’s explosiveness, served with precision and cruised to an easy 6-4 victory.
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Having regained his touch in the second set, Sonego quickly broke the Spaniard at zero.
The Italian got back on track after sealing the second break in game eight. Power that Sonego made the most of to start the deciding set. After twenty minutes of exceptional play, the 27-year-old from Turin found himself up four goals in the decisive phase of the match.
At a moment when momentum appeared to have finally swung in Sonego’s favor, the specters of his previous losses returned to haunt the Piedmontese player. When serving for the match at 30-30, the Italian completely lost control of his forehand and hit two very heavy double faults.
The match’s final score was written with no tears shed. Andujar’s response to Sonego’s ambitions was to win, and his 7-4 victory dashed any hopes Sonego had of avenging his earlier loss.