Sonego rallies to win Sardegna title

(AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

CAGLIARI, Sardinia (AP) Lorenzo Sonego became the first Italian for 15 years to capture an ATP tour clay-court title on home soil after fighting back to beat Laslo Djere of Serbia and win the Sardegna Open on Sunday.

Third-seeded Sonego had to dig deep in the second set before prevailing 2-6, 7-6 (5), 6-4 in a final lasting just over three hours.

"The match was long and I remained calm in the second-set tiebreaker," Sonego said. "I knew the match wasn't finished because I had always kept fighting.

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