“It’s a dream come true” Lorenzo Musetti confessed to ESPNTenis.com minutes away from closing his best victory. It is that, of course, before a three-time Grand Slam champion and in a stadium that he visited since childhood, the Italian is the first born in 2002 to win on the ATP circuit, and precisely in the Masters 1000 in his country.
“I didn’t expect this victory, but I think I deserved it because I played great tennis. When I was a kid I came to see champions like Rafa, Federer, Wawrinka, with family and friends.” Having to put aside connotations in the imposing Foro Italico, at just 18 years old, he showed his ease to the world and defeated Stan Wawrinka. Today N ° 249 in the world and coming from qualifying, but designated as the ones with the greatest future, he arrived with good rhythm through the Challengers (semifinal in Trieste and quarterfinal in Cordenons last August) and showed it at the high level against a Helvetian who avoided the New York bubble and also arrived with good games on clay in tow.
“I still don’t believe what I did tonight. I will have to accept it,” he confessed with a smile. With an exquisite one-handed backhand as an ally, he won 6-0, 7-6 (2) in just one hour and 24 minutes. Thus, the one born in Carrara on March 3, 2002 and champion of Australia 2019 as a junior lived an unforgettable night and presented himself to the world with a triumph that left no doubts.