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Sonego beats Fritz to reach Sardegna final

2021 Australian Open: Day 4

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 11: Lorenzo Sonego of Italy serves in his Men’s Singles second round match against Feliciano Lopez of Spain during day four of the 2021 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on February 11, 2021 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Andy Cheung/Getty Images)

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CAGLIARI, Sardinia -- Lorenzo Sonego is one step away from becoming the first Italian for 15 years to capture an ATP Tour clay-court title on home soil after beating second-seeded Taylor Fritz of the United States to reach the final of the Sardegna Open.

Third-seeded Sonego held off a spirited comeback from Fritz to prevail 6-4, 5-7, 6-1 and set up a final against Laslo Djere of Serbia.

Sonego was a set and 3-0 up - after winning five straight games - before Fritz started his comeback but the 25-year-old Italian recovered to romp to victory in the third and reach his first clay-court final.

It was easier for Djere in the other semifinal as he dominated fourth-seeded Nikoloz Basilashvili of Georgia to win 6-2, 6-0 in a match that lasted just 52 minutes.

The No. 57 lost just nine of his service points.

Djere won the first edition of the tournament at Forte Village in October.