Rising Italian star Lorenzo Sonego was extremely happy with the way he performed against Kazakhstan's Alexander Bublik in Eastbourne on Thursday. Sonego, ranked at No. 27 in the world, beat Bublik 6-1 7-5 to reach the Eastbourne semifinal.
Sonego claimed two breaks in the first set and faced no break points to easily win the opener. After easily losing the first set, Bublik performed much better in the second set but it wasn't enough. Sonego failed to serve out for the match in the 10th game but broke Bublik again in the 11th game and served out for the match in the 12th game.
“I am really happy with the match because it is not easy playing against Bublik, because he is an amazing talent,” Sonego said. “Especially in the second set, it was really tough, but I am happy with the match.
“I am full of energy because I like playing here. My serve is good for the grass court, and I like playing in Eastbourne. There are a lot of Italian fans, and it is good for me”.
Sonego plays Max Purcell next
Lucky loser Purcell continued his fantastic Eastbourne run on Thursday as he stunned Andreas Seppi 6-4 1-6 6-4 to reach his maiden ATP semifinal.
Seppi twice recovered from a break down in the first set but Purcell held on to his serve after earning the third break of the opener. After losing the opener, Seppi dominated Purcell in the second set to force a decider.
After falling down by a break in the third set, Purcell claimed two breaks to overturn the deficit and a seal a win in three sets. "I've been practising with as many singles players as I can and that has helped," Purcell said.
"It's a matter of getting my name out with these guys. "You have to believe [these moments will come], or who would want to go out there? I've been waiting for the right opportunity. This just happens to be the week where I'm making a little bit of a start."