Young Italian sensation Lorenzo Musetti has had a day to remember in Acapulco. He defeated third seed Diego Schwartzman 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 to book a spot in the second round of the Abierto Mexicano Telcel presentado por HSBC. Besides, this came as his first top-10 win in his Tennis career.
The victory didn’t come easy for Musetti. His hard-fought battle with Schwartzman over three match points took the match down the wire. Musetti was serving at 1-5 when Schwartzman broke his service and made it 5-2, while further making him let go another crucial match point. Schwartzman then pushed it to 4-5, and the pressure came right on Musetti’s shoulders.
Another match point went for begging as Schwartzman came up with an astonishing rally from the back of the court. Eventually, as Schwartzman netted a backhand, the Italian teenager lied on the court out of jubilation.
The match took some real effort out of the two players. Nevertheless, it’s the Italian player who finally made it through during this epic contest with his Argentine counterpart.
“Everyone has a racquet, there is a net. It’s 50-50 every time. That’s tennis,” Musetti stated during an interview with one of the famous sports daily. “My mindset, I’m mentally trying to stay like this.”
“Of course behind (the scenes) there is a lot of work, a lot of sacrifices,” Musetti reflected. “In the end there were some tears. I’m really proud of myself…. At the beginning, I was a little bit nervous. He broke me, then I broke him and I started to move a little bit better and was a little bit more relaxed. My forehand was the key. He’s a great player, but tonight I gave one of my best matches’ ever.” he said.
“I was born on clay — in Italy — but been feeling really good since the first day in Acapulco. I like the conditions and think I’m going to play better and better every day…. Now I’m going to work harder and focus on the next days.” Musetti further added.
The Italian smacked 13 forehand winners and committed only nine backhand errors during this two-hour and 22 minutes long battle. He also struck six aces in comparison to Schwartzman’s zero.
Why is Lorenzo Musetti deemed as the ‘next big thing’ in the Tennis world?
Lorenzo Musetti came up as one of the breakout stars in 2020. Although his stint on the main tour was short, he showed some promising signs with his impeccable stroke play. Talking of 2021, the Italian teenager is rightly shaping into a much accomplished and mature player.
He bettered his 360th rank to No 128, even while losing some good match time to Covid-19. He could have grabbed the spotlight at the 2020 NextGen ATP Finals at home, but the event fell prey to the pandemic.
Nevertheless, Musetti made the best of the Rome event as a qualifier by making it into the third round. He further grabbed a spot in the semi-finals of a 250-point tournament in Sardinia. Speaking of his performance at the Challenger level, Musetti clinched the title at Forli, followed by a quarter-final and semi-final finish in Cardenons and Trieste, respectively.
With this crucial win against Schwartzman on Tuesday, Musetti is going to claim the 114th spot in the ATP rankings. Moreover, with all the right capabilities and talent, this Italian tennis star got everything he needs to become the next big thing in the tennis world.
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