Corentin Moutet’s adventure in Sardinia has already stopped. The only French in the table, he was unable to ride his victory over Frances Tiafoe in the first round. Thursday, he fell on a bone in the person of Albert Ramos Vinolas, seeded number 4 of the tournament. The Spaniard, left-handed like the French, was intractable and left only three small games to his opponent on Italian clay (6-0, 6-3) in 1:19. To reach the last four, he will have to get rid of Marco Cecchinato on Friday.
Caught in the throat of entry, Moutet cashed a “bubble” in the first set, before stopping the bleeding with an entry break in the second set. Unfortunately for the French, he could not hold it, returning his advantage in stride. Then, he gave up his engagement once too many in the 8th game of this second round. Moutet’s difficulties of the day can be summed up in one number: he won only 44% of the points played on his own serve.
Earlier today, Italian hopeful Lorenzo Musetti, revealed at the last Masters 1000 in Rome, became the first player born in 2002 to advance to a quarter-final on the circuit. He easily dominated his compatriot Andrea Pellegrino, from qualifying, in straight sets (6-2, 6-1).
Invited by the organization of the tournament, Musetti was authorized to continue the tournament even though he played the doubles with Fabio Fognini, who tested positive for the coronavirus earlier this week.