Holger Rune will meet Lorenzo Sonego in the Round of 16 of the 2022 Sofia Open. The match is scheduled to be played on Thursday September 29th, 2022.
Holger Rune is the fifth seed here at the Sofia Open and is ranked 31st on the ATP Tour. The young Dane has had a breakthrough season of sorts, winning his first ATP title in Munich and reaching the French Open Quarter-Finals. However, he went through a terrible losing streak immediately after, showing how far he has to go in terms of the mental game. He lost seven matches in a row and while that streak has been broken he has not been consistent since either. He showed some promise last week in Metz where he reached the Quarter-Finals but he will now meet Metz champion Lorenzo Sonego in a match that he will start as the underdog despite his higher ranking. He has the game to win this match but his confidence is likely still shredded to pieces so we don't have much confidence here.
Lorenzo Sonego is unseeded here at the Sofia Open and is ranked 45th in the world. The Italian is currently on a high, winning the title last week in Metz, defeating Alexander Bublik in the Final. It was not only the fact that he won the title but the manner that he did so, not dropping a set the entire week. He has a huge game which suits all surfaces, and when he's confident he definitely is capable of beating anyone, top players included. His opponent Holger Rune has been struggling for a long time now so Sonego is the clear favorite heading into this one.
In theory and based on the rankings this should be a 50-50 battle, but you have to side with Lorenzo Sonego at the moment. He is playing much better tennis than his opponent Holger Rune at the moment, and his confidence is likely at its peak, while Rune's is at its lowest. Rune can still rebound and post a challenge, but that looks unlikely given how his last few months have gone. Back the Italian to win here with confidence, moving on to the Quarter-Finals at the Sofia Open.