Italian dishes up all the perfect ingredients to breeze into
Lorenzo Sonego, the Italian no.3 seed, swept aside Alexander Bublik 6–1 7–5 to become the first player at Devonshire Park to book a
The clay court expert, who eased past Australian John Millman in the 2nd Round 6–4 6–2, was back to his best as he raced away with the opener and seemed wonderfully consistent on the surface with controlled speed and length behind his shots.
The Kazakhstani ace, who stands at a towering 6’5”, has a mighty weapon of serving aces and easily leads the number of aces on the ATP Tour this year. Yet after blasting 18 aces past compatriot Mikhail Kukushkin in the opening round encounter, his
Sonego, who has three titles to his credit and became the first Italian in 15 years to lift an ATP Tour crown on home clay in April, will be aiming to maintain his incredible momentum to capture his first grass court trophy claiming the 2019 Antalya Open in Turkey.
Surprisingly, the 26-
Sonego enthused: “I am full of energy because I like playing here. My serve is good for the grass court, and I like playing in Eastbourne. There are a lot of Italian fans, and it’s good for me.
“It was really tough. I’m really happy with the match because it is not easy playing against Bublik, because he’s an amazing talent.”Lorenzo Sonego