Italian Tennis Sensation Expresses Admiration For Roger Federer But Wants to Take Novak Djokovic’s Shot

Published 11/06/2020, 5:29 AM EST
Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer

Lorenzo Sonego was the most talked about during the course of the Vienna Open last week. Sonego, much to everyone’s surprise demolished World No. 1 Novak Djokovic 6-2 6-1 in the quarter-finals. The Italian star revealed that he idolizes Swiss great Roger Federer but would love to take Novak Djokovic shot.

Speaking recently, Lorenzo said, “My models? It has always been Roger Federer and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. If I could steal something from an opponent, however, I would choose Djokovic’s return. He further added, “Had I played against anyone else, I would have done it with the same determination. I was not distracted by the names of my opponents, nor by what was happening off the pitch.” 

 

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Tennis – ATP 500 – Erste Bank Open – Wiener Stadthalle, Vienna, Austria – October 30, 2020 Italy’s Lorenzo Sonego celebrates winning his quarter final match against Serbia’s Novak Djokovic REUTERS/Lisi Niesner

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The Italian however fell short and lost in the final to Russian sensation Andrey Rublev. He ended up losing 4-6 4-6 in  Lorenzo surely has a lot of positives to take back from this tournament. He achieved a career-high ranking of 32 in the world. Reflecting on his performance during the week Lorenzo added, “I was not distracted by the names of my opponents, nor by what was happening off the pitch. Of course, I never expected to reach the final as a lucky loser.”

Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – Serbia’s Novak Djokovic in action during his quarter final match against Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta REUTERS/Charles Platiau

Sonego took part in this week’s Rolex Paris Masters. Although, he made an early exit at the hands of Australia’s Alex De Minaur 6-3 7-5 summing the season for him. Of course, there are things he can take back reflecting on this season.

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Rohan Kollare

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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