There was an alarm. Fabio Fognini’s positive coronavirus test suggested that Lorenzo Musetti, his doubles partner in the Sardinian ATP, would have problems when it comes to performing again in singles.
However, the hope of Italian tennis was on the court this Thursday, he won and is the first born in 2002 to reach the quarterfinals of an ATP.
After the victory, his 18th since returning from the post-match circuit explained what happened: “We all regret what happened to Fabio, we still did all controls necessary and we come out negative. The protocol is clear enough, we had the opportunity to play. “
Musetti, today 143rd ATP, beat his compatriot Andrea Pellegrino (292nd and emerged from qualy) by 6-2 and 6-1: “Playing against Pellegrino, who is a friend, is never as easy as it was with (Giulio) Zeppieri in Rome. Today there was a lot of wind, difficult conditions and I was able to take advantage of them. I played my tennis that bothered him and I managed to take it home. “