Roland Garros: Lorenzo Sonego edges Andrey Rublev in career-best comeback

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Roland Garros: Lorenzo Sonego edges Andrey Rublev in career-best comeback
Roland Garros: Lorenzo Sonego edges Andrey Rublev in career-best comeback

Lorenzo Sonego will play in a Major fourth round for the third time and the first at Roland Garros since 2020. Lorenzo took down the 7th seed Andrey Rublev 5-7, 0-6, 6-3, 7-6, 6-3 in three hours and 42 minutes on Court Suzanne-Lenglen.

The Italian came from two sets to love down for the first time in a career, standing two points away from defeat in the fourth set's tie break and completing an incredible comeback for a place in the final 16. Andrey failed to repeat the last year's quarter-final run, squandering two sets to love lead for the first time in a career.

Rublev served at only 54%. He produced better percentages behind the first and second serve and got broken four times from nine chances offered to his opponent. The Russian secured six breaks from 11 opportunities, three of which came in the second set when he earned a bagel.

Sonego lost serve once after that, raising his level and securing a notable comeback to remain in the competition.

Lorenzo Sonego came from two sets to love down to beat Andrey Rublev.

Rublev had 47 winners and 43 unforced errors, winning four points more thanks to his performance in the most extended rallies but failing in the decisive moments for an early exit.

Lorenzo sprayed a backhand error in the encounter's first game to experience an early break. Andrey delivered four comfortable holds to control the pace and move 5-3 in front with a service winner. Sonego extended the battle with a hold at love in game nine and broke back at the last moment in the next one after Rublev's wayward backhand.

The Russian started all over and broke in the 11th game to forge another advantage. Andrey landed a service winner at 6-5 to wrap up the opening set in 48 minutes. Rublev was the only player on the court in the second set, breaking Sonego three times and denying a break point at 5-0 with an ace to deliver a bagel and forge a massive advantage.

Sonego lost eight points behind the initial shot in the third set, raising his level and constructing five easy holds. Andrey played one loose service game, and it would cost him dearly. The Russian missed a forehand in the fourth game to fall behind and had no chance to pull it back.

Lorenzo came from 30-0 down in the ninth game and painted a forehand down the line winner to wrap up the set and extend the battle. The Italian broke at love at the start of the fourth set and kept the advantage until the sixth game when the Russian broke back after the rival's double fault.

Andrey played against a break point at 5-5 and erased it with a service winner to open a 6-5 gap. The set went into a tie break, and the servers grabbed the opening 11 points. Sonego leveled the score at 5-5 with a service winner and created a set point with a smash winner at the net.

The Italian forced the rival's volley error at 6-5 for the first mini-break and the set in his bag. They both missed break points in the middle of the final set, and Sonego held at love with a forehand winner for 4-3. Rublev missed a backhand in the eighth game to lose serve and smash his racquet angrily.

Sonego served for the victory at 5-3 and forced Rublev's volley error at the net on the match point to celebrate a notable win.

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