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Italian Open 2021: Novak Djokovic vs Lorenzo Sonego – Preview, Head to Head and Prediction for Rome Masters

Novak Djokovic survived a scare against Stefanos Tsitsipas in the quarterfinals, and will now face Lorenzo Sonego in the semifinals.

Novak Djokovic vs Lorenzo Sonego

Novak Djokovic, top seed at the Italian Open 2021, will face the Italian, Lorenzo Sonego in the semifinals on Saturday. Djokovic is ranked number one in the ATP Rankings, whereas, Sonego is ranked 33rd in the world.

Match Details

TournamentATP Rome Masters 1000
MatchNovak Djokovic vs Lorenzo Sonego
Date15th May, 2021
Prize Money€ 82,300
VenueRome, Italy
SurfaceClay Court

Novak Djokovic vs Lorenzo Sonego: Match Preview

Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic is the top seed and the defending champion in Rome. The Serbian is chasing his sixth title at the Italian Open this year, and is just two wins away from doing so. He received a bye in the first round of the Rome Masters. In the second round, he defeated Taylor Fritz in straight sets. Djokovic secured another straight sets victory over Alejandro Davidovich Fokina in the third round, dropping just three games.

The top seed had to battle past Stefanos Tsitsipas in a three set thriller in the quarterfinals. Novak Djokovic lost the first set, and was a break down in the second set, when the play was halted on Friday. However, he produced a remarkable comeback, and won the next two sets to progress into the semifinals.

Lorenzo Sonego is enjoying a dream run in Rome. The Italian defeated Gael Monfils in three sets in the first round. In the second round, he defeated his Italian compatriot, Gianluca Mager in straight sets. He outclassed the fourth seeded Austrian, Dominic Thiem in a three set battle in the third round, that went all the way down to the wire. He survived another three set battle against Andrey Rublev in the quarterfinals, as he came back from a set down to defeat the Russian on Saturday.

Novak Djokovic vs Lorenzo Sonego: Head-to-Head

Lorenzo Sonego

The duo have clashed against each other on only one occasion in the past. Lorenzo Sonego won their only encounter at the Vienna Open 2020 in the quarterfinals, where he won in straight sets. As a result, the Italian leads the head to head encounter by a score-line of 1-0.

Novak Djokovic vs Lorenzo Sonego: Match Prediction

Novak Djokovic to win in straight sets

Novak Djokovic is the certain favorite to defeat Lorenzo Sonego, and reach the finals of the Italian Open 2021. The Serbian displayed immense composure to defeat Stefanos Tsitsipas in the quarterfinals. Djokovic was on top of Tsitsipas’ serve, as he broke him six times during the whole match, and had 23 break point opportunities to his name. The Serbian’s serve was not up to the mark in the quarterfinals, as he was broken five times during the whole match.

Lorenzo Sonego has also been in tremendous form this week, and just like Nova Djokovic, he had to produce a comeback victory in the quarterfinals. The Italian took most of his chances against Andrey Rublev, converting three out of his four break point opportunities. Moreover, he has been serving well in the last two matches, registering 13 aces. However, Novak Djokovic is expected to defeat the Italian and end his run at the tournament.

Match Prediction: Novak Djokovic to win in straight sets

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