Sonego Stuns Second Seed In Rio
Italian Lorenzo Sonego produced the upset of the day at the Rio Open presented by Claro, rallying from a break down in each set to defeat second-seeded Serbian Dusan Lajovic 7-6(5), 7-6(5) and reach the quarter-finals on Thursday.
"I'm so happy," Sonego said. "I like playing here with these conditions. Today was a very tough match because I lost against Lajovic in Monte-Carlo. If he plays good with the forehand, it's amazing. Today I was more aggressive than Monte-Carlo. I served so good. I'm happy [with] this match."
Sonego trailed by 3-4 in the opening set and 0-3 in the second set, but raised his level at critical moments to prevail in two hours and 10 minutes. The 24-year-old is through to his first quarter-final at an ATP 500 event and tied his ATP Head2Head series with Lajovic at 1-1.
Coric quickly built a 4/0 lead in the third-set tie-break, but the Brazilian brought the crowd to its feet by responding with a four-point run of his own to tie the score. The Croatian held his nerve with a volley winner and aggressive forehand to set up two match points. Seyboth Wild erased the first match point with a forehand winner, but a wild forehand miss from the 19-year-old ended play after two hours and 19 minutes.
”It was extremely tough. I was a bit lucky there. He was a better player in the third set, but I think the experience that I have gave me the edge at the end,” Coric said. “It’s going to be an interesting match [with Sonego]. I’ve never played him before, so I need to do some nice homework tonight with my coach to see how he’s playing.”