Masters Rome. 6-0 first and a tie-break then: The qualifier Musetti offers himself Wawrinka with brio

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This Tuesday, September 15, 2020, Lorenzo Musetti will remember it all his life. Currently 249th player in the world, the 18-year-old Italian gave a big boost to his young career by easily dominating, during the first round of the Masters 1000 in Rome, Stan Wawrinka, triple winner in the Grand Slam (Australian Open 2014, Roland-Garros 2015 and US Open 2016). The score is very heavy for the Swiss (6-0, 7-6). Lorenzo Musetti, for his part, combined simplicity and efficiency on the court to afford his ticket for the second round, during which he will face Kei Nishikori.

The native of Carrara, from the qualifications, started the meeting with a bang. Relaxed but damn formidable, Lorenzo Musetti left Stan Wawrinka no chance in the first round (6-0). Not even at the start of the second set where he led quickly (2-0). But the Vaudois, who had not played in a major tournament since the Mexican Open last February (defeat in the quarterfinals against Grigor Dimitrov), has gradually regained his tennis and his one-handed backhand that has overwhelmed his opponent. Returned to 3-2 (for the Italian), Stan Wawrinka also uttered a great cry of relief when he saved a break point, badly negotiated by the Transalpine on a cushion, before equalizing.

This return could suggest that the tide was turning on the side of the 35-year-old. But Musetti did not panic, returning numerous attacks from the Swiss and allowing himself a victorious climb to the net just before the tie-break. A decisive game masterfully led by the Italian and concluded after his second match point. When Stan Wawrinka won his first Major in Melbourne in 2014, Lorenzo Musetti was still 11 years old. Six years later, the 2018 US Open Juniors finalist has made a name for himself in the greats world. And in a very beautiful way.

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