Laslo Djere became the third Serbian to win a tour-level trophy in 2020 on Sunday, winning his second TBEN crown with a 7-6 (3), 7-5 victory over Marco Cecchinato at the Forte Village Sardegna Open.
The 25-year-old joined compatriots Novak Djokovic (4) and Miomir Kecmanovic (1) to carry his country’s trophy to six titles this year after two hours and 19 minutes. The Serbian players are 6-1 in league games this season and Djokovic also led the Serbian side to the inaugural ATP Cup trophy in January.
Serbia’s success in 2020
|Team Serbia||1||ATP Cup|
|Novak Djokovic||4||open from Australia
Eleven of Djere’s 13 victories on tour this year are on clay. Prior to his title race in Sardinia, the world No. 74 reached the surface semi-finals in Cordoba and Kitzbühel. Djere has won both his TBEN trophies at clay court events, with his only previous triumph at last year’s Rio Open presented by Claro.
Cecchinato was trying to become the first Italian to triumph in an TBEN home event since Filippo Volandri’s 2006 title in Palermo. The 28-year-old saved a match point in his first round match against Gianluca Mager en route to his fourth round-level championship game (3-1).
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After the exchange breaks to open the final, a tie-break was necessary to decide the outcome of the first set. Djere focused his attack on Cecchinato’s backhand, extracting four errors in the opening six points to take a top-notch lead. The Serbian closed the set with a precise backhand winner on the line.
Djere started dictating rallies with his forehand in the second set and held two game points for a 3-0 lead, but Cecchinato continued to fight from the baseline to find his way back into the game. Despite an increased number of errors, Djere maintained his forehand aggression to get closer to victory. Cecchinato attempted to close the net by serving at 5-6, but Djere found the target with two pass-shot winners and a deep backhand return to win the title.
Djere obtained 250 FedEx ATP Rankings points and € 13,320. Cecchinato collected 150 points and 11,130 €.