SANTA MARGHERITA DI PULA, Sardinia (AP) — Laslo Djere of Serbia beat Italian wild card Marco Cecchinato to win the Sardegna Open on Sunday.
Djere won 7-6 (3), 7-5, sealing the final with a deep backhand return.
It was the 74th-ranked Djere’s second title. Both have come on clay and 11 of Djere’s 13 tour-level victories this year have been on that surface.
“I grew up on clay. When I was a kid, I mostly practiced on clay. It is natural for me,” Djere said. “The surface complements my game style. I play with a lot of topspin, especially on the forehand so I can adapt really fast on clay.