Lorenzo Sonego, Jannik Sinner and Matteo Berrettini – who even reaches the quarterfinals – shine in the Erste Bank Open, an ATP 500 tennis tournament with a prize pool of 1,837,190 euros which takes place on the fast indoor Wiener Stadthalle in Vinna. However, Lorenzo Musetti and Fabio Fognini did not make it through. Sonego, n.23 in the ranking, finalist 12 months ago beat 6-4, 6-3, in 1 h20 ‘of play, the German Dominik Koepfer, n.62 of the ATP, who was fished out and included in the scoreboard main as ‘lucky loser’ (in place of the Chilean Cristian Garin, n.17 of the ATP, who was suffering in a shoulder and therefore not in a position to return). There were no precedents between the 26-year-old from Turin and the 27-year-old born in Furtwangen.
On Thursday in the round of 16 Sonego will have to face the Norwegian Casper Ruud, n.8 in the ranking and n.4 in the seeding, in the race for a place at the Nitto Atp Finals: the 22-year-old from Oslo won the matches against the Piedmontese, in the second round on the ground in Rome in 2020 and in the quarters on the hard courts of San Diego last month. It also went well for Sinner, n.11 of the ATP (new best ranking) and n.7 of seeding, fresh from the triumph in Antwerp (fourth title in 2021) and in full swing for the Nitto ATP Finals (currently in the ‘Race to Turin’ is tenth, but in practice not given the renunciation of Nadal), he literally annihilated the American Reilly Opelka, n.27 Atp, by 6-4, 6-2, in just 68 ‘.
In the second round – again on Thursday – Sinner will find the Austrian Dennis Novak, n.116 of the ranking, on the other side of the net, in the race thanks to the concession of a ‘wild card’, who beat Gianluca Mager, n.68 of the ATP , announced by the qualifications. There are no precedents between the South Tyrolean and the 28-year-old from Wiener Neustadt, the only home player on the draw. It went very well for Matteo Berrettini, who qualified for the quarter-finals. The blue beat Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili 6-7 (5), 6-2, 6-3 in a comeback. Fabio Fognini, n.36 in the ranking, sold for 6-2, 7-5, to Argentine Diego Schwartzman, n.16 Atp and eighth seeded, finalist in this tournament in the 2019 edition and fresh from the final. Antwerp lost to Sinner; same fate for Lorenzo Musetti: the Tuscan, n.67 in the ATP ranking, who had benefited from a ‘wild card’, lost for 7-6 (2), 6-4, in just over an hour and a half game, to the French Gael Monfils, n.21 of the ranking. Surprisingly Andy Murray, former n.1 in the world, was eliminated by the Spanish Carlos Alcaraz, n.42 of the ATP, born in 2003, with a score of 6-3, 6-4 in 1h26 ‘.