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Roland Garros, Musetti beats Cecchinato and flies to the second round

Roland Garros, Musetti beats Cecchinato and flies to the second round
Roland Garros, Musetti beats Cecchinato and flies to the second round

Lorenzo, on his debut in a Grand Slam, reaches the second week after a hard-fought match in the fifth set against the Palermo player. Find the winner between Djokovic and Berankis

The awaited blue derby of Roland Garros ends up rewarding the magician of Carrara, aka Lorenzo Musetti, who overcomes the Sicilian Marco Cecchinato in five sets (3-6 6-4 6-3 3-6 6-3) and flies, in his first Grand Slam, in the round of 16 of the most important tournament in the world on clay. Lorenzo Musetti will face the winner between Djokovic and Berankis. This is the outcome of a match awaited and followed with great interest by a crowd that flocked, despite the anti-covid measures, to the suburban field number 7.

The challenge is pleasant, the two face each other openly and the first to gain the upper hand is Cecchinato who finds every corner of the field well to make his young opponent pedal. The Sicilian serves a good dose of firsts, often goes to the net and plays an avalanche of short balls in an attempt to break the rhythm of his rival. The first break comes immediately in the first turn of service of Musetti who surrenders to the millimeter plays of Cecchinato. At 3-0 comes the first spectacular point from Musetti who scores a valuable backhand down the line. The Sicilian, however, does not tremble, he commands the two diagonals with ease, holds the first four batting games at 15, then at 30 the one at 5-3 that gives him the first set.

Cecchinato travels at cruising speed, moves well and does everything in order. At 3-4 the Sicilian faces the first two break points which he cancels with the service. But on 4-5 Cecchinato capitulated: Musetti scored a spectacular straight pass and equalized the set count. But it’s not over, in the second game, there is still a break point for Musetti: Cecchinato serves from below, Musetti sling to the net and places a winning volley from behind his back from a double red circle. The Tuscan, however, does not confirm the break advantage but seems to have the ball in his hand. A matter of a few games and at 4-3 the Carrarese places the break that gives him the third set recovering two smashes and placing a wonderful straight passer. Ahead two sets to one, Musetti suffers the reaction of Cecchinato who brekka the rival in the fourth game of the fourth set dragging the challenge to the fifth. Here the first to have the break point is Cecchinato, in the first game of the fifth, but Musetti cancels the double chance for the Sicilian. Then at 2-1 it is Musetti who has two balls to go up 3-1, but Cecchinato is brave to force and find a precious short straight ball. The pace of the exchange is always high, the public likes it (almost everything for Musetti) and the game continues to be enjoyable. On the third occasion, however, Musetti breaks through, climbs 3-1 and then confirms the advantage for 4-1. The Carrarese is irrepressible: his winners reach 50 with 21 winning straight, 11 backhands, 3 serving and 14 at the net.

The epilogue

His legs, however, tremble and at 5-1 the Carrarese returns one of the two breaks to the brave Cecchinato who still believes in recovery. But the Sicilian misses an easy volley with his nose over the line and offers 3 match points to his rival. Cecchinato cancels the first at the net, the second with a winning serve and the third by burying a forehand in the middle of the net and then keeping and shortening the distance. At 5-3 another 3 consecutive match points arrive for the Tuscan. On the fourth overall Musetti buries a backhand, on the fifth he lies down on the ground when Cecchinato puts the last straight of the match on the net after 3 hours and 7 minutes of excellent tennis. Novak Djokovic awaits him in the second round.

June 5, 2021 (change June 5, 2021 | 14:28)

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