CAGLIARI, Sardinia (AP) -Third-seeded Lorenzo Sonego rallied past Yannick Hanfmann 3-6, 7-6 (6), 6-3 for a spot in the Sardegna Open semifinals on Friday.
Sonego trailed by a set and a break before coming back to beat the 105th-ranked Hanfmann.
“I like a battle and to win when suffering,” Sonego said. “But I’m hoping I start a bit better tomorrow.”
Sonego’s semifinal opponent will be second-seeded Taylor Fritz, who defated Aljaz Bedene 6-3, 6-4.
Fritz served eight aces and won 86% of his first-serve points.
The other semifinal will feature defending champion Laslo Djere against fourth-seeded Nikoloz Basilashvili on the red clay courts of the Cagliari Tennis Club.
Djere eliminated Italian teenager Lorenzo Musetti 6-4, 4-6, 6-2, and Basilashvili beat fifth-seeded Jan-Lennard Struff 7-5, 4-6, 6-3.
Djere won the first edition of the tournament at Forte Village in October.