SANTA MARGHERITA DI PULA, Sardinia (AP) — Italian wild card Marco Cecchinato routed Serbian qualifier Danilo Petrović 6-1, 6-0 Saturday in the Sardegna Open to reach his first final in 20 months.
Cecchinato, a French Open semifinalist in 2018, last played for a title when he lost to Diego Schwartzman in Buenos Aires in February 2019.
Petrović was playing as a lucky loser in place of top-seeded Fabio Fognini, who withdrew before his opening match after testing positive for the coronavirus.
Cecchinato’s opponent in Sunday’s final will be Laslo Djere, a Serbian who won his semifinal when Italian teenager Lorenzo Musetti retired with an arm injury.
Djere was leading 2-6, 6-2, 4-1. Musetti was playing in his first semifinal on tour.
The clay-court tournament was installed in the ATP calendar as a one-time only event amid the pandemic.
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