World News – US – Bad luck: Sonego abandons three games to shock Djokovic in Vienna


The Italian became the first lucky loser to defeat Djokovic in 13 attempts after scoring a 6-2, 6-1 victory on Friday at the Erste Bank Open

Lorenzo Sonego thought he was out of Vienna on Sunday after losing in the last qualifying round to Aljaz Bedene Five days later, the 25-year-old scored the biggest victory of his career by shocking the world No 1 Novak Djokovic, 6-2, 6-1, in Friday’s Open Erste Bank quarter-finals to become the first lucky loser to beat the Serbian in 13 attempts

“It’s for sure the best win of my life,” Sonego said on the court afterwards “I played so, so well I like this tournament I like the conditions here C ‘is amazing I don’t know what to say « 

Sonego took a 4-0 lead in the first set by executing an aggressive game plan superbly Djokovic’s timing was not there, leading the 2007 champion to pulverize 13 unforced errors (to hit just three winners)

The seed paused to start the second set when a forehand he hit from inside the baseline found the top of the net In an intense fourth game, Sonego saved three break points as his inside forehand continued to pay off The Italian passed the serve and Djokovic volley with a forehand into the winning line to ensure an insurance break

The World No 42 recovered from 0-40 in the next match, and showed his defensive flair to advance 5-1 A match later, Sonego slammed the door after just 68 minutes to advance to the semi-final Djokovic a ended his day with just seven winners at 25 unforced errors, a stark contrast to Sonego who had a differential of 14 (26 winners, 12 unforced errors)

Sonego now awaits winner from Grigor Dimitrov and Dan Evans For Djokovic, who is almost guaranteed to land a record-breaking sixth year-end No 1 finish, his next event will be the Nitto ATP season-end final in London

Novak Djokovic, Lorenzo Sonego, Tennis, Vienna Open, Aljaž Bedene

World news – United States – Bad luck: Sonego abandons three games to shock Djokovic in Vienna
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Sonego Stuns Djokovic In Vienna
No luck needed: Sonego gives up three games to shock Djokovic in Vienna
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