He folded Thiem and Rublev by bowing only to the number 1 who recognizes his greatness. He inquires about his team but nobody has the courage to answer him
Too bad Lorenzo, but only because it would have been nice to see an Italian in the final at the Foro Italico. Sonego gives up after 2 hours and 45 minutes of fighting against world number 1 Novak Djokovic who had beaten last year in the quarterfinals on the fast indoor Vienna. He leaves the court and immediately asks what his Toro did, but no one has the courage to tell him that he lost 4-1, especially after six hours of tennis: “Okay, maybe it didn’t go well”. No, but his was a week from god, a week that says very long about Lorenzo Sonego, a spectacular fighter who inflamed the Italy of tennis.
From Monday he will be number 28, third Italian in the world after the top 10 Berrettini and the top 20 Sinner. Not only that, it ranks at number 13 of the Race to Turin, the ranking for the Finals that Lorenzo would dream of playing at home. He, the one who speaks less, with his Piedmontese phlegm, has brought out the gladiator he has in his heart at every game, all week. A tournament that seemed to be at risk after the domestic injury, the ring finger of his left hand crushed in the door, which stopped him for a couple of weeks. Instead it turned out to be the tournament of dreams, where he faced three top 10s in three days, beating two: “It was great, I had fun, I love the crowd and I liked having them on my side”. And so he beat the number 4 Thiem on Thursday, this morning the number 7 Rublev (who with Tsitsipas shares the record of 29 matches won in 2021). The miracle of overtaking Novak Djokovic, the number 1 in the world, who has triumphed 5 times in Rome and is reigning champion, did not succeed. However, he came one step closer to the greatest joy, the final in the home tournament, a dream he had cherished since he was 11 and first picked up the racket. The dream that gave him the energy to give everything in six hours of tennis and two top-level matches in one day. He canceled two match points, brought number 1 to the tie break, won it, and then surrendered only in the third set: “In the locker room he confessed that he was running out of energy”, admitted Umberto Rianna, the Italian coach. . He took the compliments of Nole, the cannibal number 1 in the world, who after the match admitted: “Lorenzo was closer than me to victory, but I managed to get the game back on my way, winning the way I like it. . Sonego was very good, he fought great “. But he remains humble: “Change? But no, I remain the same as always. The values that the family taught me I always carry with me”.
In the record year with 10 Italians in the top 100 in the world, Italian tennis puts a flag in almost every tournament. Musetti in the semifinal in Acapulco, Sinner in the final in Miami, Berrettini champion in Belgrade and finalist in Madrid, Lorenzo Sonego champion in Cagliari and in the final in Rome. You never get bored with the blue musketeers, Italy has placed a semifinalist in every Masters 1000 of the 2o21. Humility, work, positive rivalry, these tennis players are like cherries: one leads to another.
May 15 – 10:26 pm
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