In what looks set to be a fitting finale to an exciting week of tennis in Cagliari at the ATP Sardinia Open, Laslo Djere and Lorenzo Sonego will meet in the final. But will it be two titles in a row in Cagliari for Djere or a second career title for home favourite Sonego?
ATP Sardinia Open Final Prediction
Laslo Djere vs Lorenzo Sonego
Head-to-head: Djere 1-1 Sonego
Lorenzo Sonego was a set and break up against his semifinal opponent Taylor Fritz only to see the American recover and force a third set. The Italian would no doubt have liked to close it out in straight sets, but he did at least manage to get it done in a very one-sided decider, which he won for the loss of only one game. Sonego has played a lot of tennis this week even after receiving a bye in the first round and accounting for the fact that he played in and the doubles tournament too, the Italian may not have great deal left in the tank.
In sharp contrast, Laslo Djere enjoyed a 52 minute semi final match as Nikoloz Basilashvili struggled visibly to get his game going. The Serb clearly enjoys playing in Cagliari and this week provides further testament to that fact. The defending champion will be liking his chances at a second title in a row, but even a fatigued Sonego is a formidable opponent.
Expect a match that befits a championship match as Sonego is a fierce competitor in every match he plays and the added motivation of it being a final should fire him up for one last push. However, Djere has looked extremely consistent and composed with his play at the ATP Sardinia Open and it won’t be surprising if he’s just content to elongate the rallies and keep sapping the energy reserves of the Italian. Sonego with his heavy hitting should manage to nab a set but Djere looks likely to be the winner here once again.
Prediction: Djere in 3
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