In 2022, Benjamin Bonzi unlocked a slew of new achievements—two ATP semifinal runs, a Davis Cup debut, his first Top 15 win and career-high ranking of No. 44.
While the injury bug ultimately resulted in a premature finish, a refreshed Bonzi has come out swinging to start 2023. The 26-year-old has torn apart the Tata Open Maharashtra draw in Pune, taking out No. 3 seed Emil Ruusuvuori and No. 6 Filip Krajinovic en route to the semifinals.
Bonzi maintained his momentum Friday, ousting No. 2 seed Botic van de Zandschulp, 7-6 (5), 6-7 (5), 6-1, to reach his maiden ATP final. Get to know the Frenchman in Baseline’s “Five Minutes With…” series:
What's the biggest lesson you've taken away about what it takes to hold your own on the ATP Tour?
BONZI: Maybe the big thing for me is to learn how to play an ATP event, because I was playing a lot on the Challenger tour in 2021. The level is different, the consistency is different, so you have to learn about it. The emotional approach for the events as well. I think this is the best progress for me, and now I feel better in these kind of events.