Who is Lorenzo Sonego?
- Lorenzo Sonego is an Italian professional tennis player
- He earned a career-high ATP singles record of world No. 21 on October 4, 2021
- On 21 February 2022, he attained a career-high ATP doubles ranking of No. 124
Lorenzo Sonego is an Italian professional tennis player who was born on May 11, 1995. Sonego earned a career-high ATP singles record of world No. 21 on October 4, 2021. On 21 February 2022, he attained a career-high ATP doubles ranking of No. 124. Sonego made his ATP main-draw debut in 2016 at the Internazionali BNL d'Italia, where he was given a wildcard.
Sonego was born in the Italian city of Turin. His father Giorgio and coach Gipo Arbino pushed him to start playing tennis when he was 11 years old. He was a Torino supporter who played for the Torino youth team between the ages of six and thirteen before concentrating on tennis.
In May 2016, he made his ATP Tour debut at the Italian Open, where he earned a wild card and lost in the first round against Joao Sousa.
He won his maiden Challenger championship on October 17, 2017, when he defeated Tim Pütz at the 2017 Sparkassen ATP Challenger.
Sonego began his Grand Slam career by defeating Robin Haase in the 2018 Australian Open. Richard Gasquet defeated him in the second round.
Sonego entered Wimbledon 2018 after being defeated in the third round of qualifying by Ernest Gulbis. Taylor Fritz defeated him in straight sets in the first round.
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Sonego advanced to the Monte-Carlo quarterfinals as a qualifier, defeating 8th seed Karen Khachanov along the way. He was defeated in straight sets by eventual runner-up Duan Lajovi.
Sonego won his first ATP championship in June 2019 at Antalya, Turkey, upsetting Serbian Miomir Kecmanovi in three sets in the final.
Sonego advanced to the fourth round of the 2020 French Open, defeating Emilio Gómez, Alexander Bublik, and 27th seed Taylor Fritz before falling in straight sets to 12th seed Diego Schwartzman. His match against Fritz included the longest tiebreak in French Open history in the third set, which Sonego eventually won 19-17.
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Sonego stunned world No. 1 Novak Djokovic in straight sets 6-2 6-1 at the 2020 Erste Bank Open as a lucky loser. It was Djokovic's third defeat of the season. Sonego advanced to the event's final, where he was defeated 4-6, 4-6 by fifth seed Andrey Rublev.
Sonego won both the singles and doubles championships at the 2021 Sardegna Open in April. As a result, on April 12, 2021, he earned a career-high singles ranking of world No. 28 and a doubles ranking of No. 132.
Sonego defeated Dominic Thiem in three sets in a contest that lasted more than three hours in Rome. As a result, he advanced to his second Masters quarterfinal, where he defeated seventh seed Andrey Rublev for his third top-10 victory. In the semifinals, he met World No. 1 and defending champion Novak Djokovic again, but lost in three sets. Sonego was eliminated in the first round of the French Open by Lloyd Harris in straight sets.
In June, he reached his fourth career final and second in 2021 at the 2021 Eastbourne International, where he was defeated by Alex De Minaur.
On 9 August 2021, he reached a career-high of World No. 25 after reaching the fourth round of the 2021 Wimbledon Championships for the first time.
He reached the quarterfinals of the Argentina Open as a third seed, losing to second seed and reigning champion Diego Schwartzman.