Lorenao Sonego blew up chances for an all-Australian Eastbourne final with his  6-1, 3-6, 6-1 defeat of qualifying outsider Max Purcell on Friday.

Sonego, titleholder at his home Sardinian Open in April, defeated the 283rd-ranked Aussie neophyte in 97 minutes with three breaks of serve in a tight semi-final contest.

The winner will aim for the title against Australian second seed Alex de Minaur,  a winner over lucky loser Soonwoo Kwon 6-3, 7-6(2).

Italy’s Sonego has experience on the lawns with a title from Turkey in 2019.

“I’m really happy because this is my second final on grass and I like the conditions here because I can go to the net,” he said.

“I’m serving well, I am more offensive, and I want to do the same tomorrow.

With only three tournaments on grass, it is not easy to adapt.

“But my tennis is good for this surface because I serve well and if I return better, I can have a great tournament each week.”

De Minaur controlled his Korean opponent to reach the title match in 83 minutes.

The No. 18 will be going for a fifth career title and first on grass.

“I’m very happy to be playing in another final, I’m playing some great tennis on the grass. 

“Hopefully I can play well tomorrow and take it home.

“I was looking forward to the grass season. I’ve gained confidence from every match I’ve won, and I have had a lot of matches under my belt. All these things help each other.”

De Minaur has come through with the loss of a set at Devonshire Park 

Main photo:- Lorenzo Sonego through to Eastbourne final – by ©ATPTour


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