Lorenzo Sonego added fuel to the Italian tennis renaissance on Saturday, becoming the first in a decade and a half to reach a home final with his victory at the Sardegna Open.
The No. 34 from Northern Turin held off a fightback from top seed Taylor Dent, defeating the American 6-4, 5-7, 6-1 to reach the title match in Cagliari for the second year in a row.
He will square off on Sunday against Serb Laslo Djere, a winner over Georgian Nicoloz Basilashvili 6-2, 6-0 with the loss of just nine points on serve.
Djere, who improved to 10-1 in Italian matches, will be playing his third career final; he won the title here last October during the tennis resumption after the COVID-19 shutdown.
Sonego is the first Italian to play for a home ATP title since Filippo Volandri won Palermo in 2006.
Sonego led Fritz by a set and a 3-0 double break down before the American rallied to level the sets at one apiece. But the Italian found form again in the third set to advance in his bid for a second career title.
Italy currently has 10 men in the Top 100.
Main photo:- Laslo Djere will face Lorenzo Sonego in Sardegna Final