World News – GB – Novak Djokovic shocked by lucky loser Lorenzo Sonego in Vienna




Lucky Italian loser Lorenzo Sonego put in a remarkable performance to inflict just the third loss of the season on world No.1 Novak Djokovic in the quarter-finals of the Erste Bank Open in Vienna

The 42nd Sonego lost in qualifying but replaced Diego Schwartzman in the main draw after the Argentine retired with injury and took full advantage of the main draw by reaching the last four of the tournament where he will play the winner of the match between Briton Dan Evans and Grigor Dimitrov

Sonego produced a sensational performance to dismantle Djokovic 6-2 6-1 and become the first lucky loser to defeat the seed (1-12) of his career

The Italian sometimes beat 26 winners against a disinterested Djokovic, the Serb committing 25 unforced errors

“It’s definitely the best win of my life,” Sonego said in an interview on the pitch. “I played so much, so well today I like this tournament, I like the conditions here C ‘is amazing « 

Sonego saved all six break points he faced in the match, all in the second set, while converting five of his six break points for the win of his life

Prior to this game, Sonego was 0-3 in his career against the Top 10 players, but he produced a full performance on the indoor pitch

Sonego became the first lucky loser to defeat a world No.1 since Jordan Thompson defeated Andy Murray in the first round at Queen’s Club in 2017

Djokovic said: « I came here with the intention of trying to earn more points and secure the No.1 at the end of the year. I did that, so I’m continuing

« I am happy, I am happy, I am in good health and I hope to be able to finish strong [at the ATP finals] in London

« I did what I had to do and why I came here I totally agree with today’s result and look forward to moving on to the next chapter »

Additionally, Andrey Rublev has reached the semi-finals, continuing his quest for a record fifth ATP title this season

The Russian beat defending champion Dominic Thiem 7-6 (7-5) 6-2 to set a meeting against 2018 champion Kevin Anderson, who beat Daniil Medvedev 6-4 7-6 (7 -5)

« I was lucky Dominic had problems with his feet, » said Rublev. « We’ve had some great battles in the past »

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