Lorenzo Musetti does not stop and continues to dream. On clay the 19 year old wins the Italian “derby” against Marco Cecchinato and reaches the second round of Roland Garros. The tennis player from Carrara has the best in 5 sets of the Palermo player, despite an all uphill start, then archived thanks to a constant growth also characterized by brilliant shots and praised by the French public. On Monday the round of 16 match against Novak Djokovic. The number one in the world defeated the Lithuanian Handless 6-1, 6-4, 6-1.
Musetti pays a bit of tension at the beginning and immediately concedes the break in the first serving, allowing the opponent to immediately take the advantage. Cecchinato, on the contrary, is impeccable on services and initially loses points only on a couple of double faults. Musetti, in fact, maintains a position too far back and gives an easy game on one of his strengths, the short balls, ending up losing the partial with a clear 6-3. Slightly different music in the second, with the player from Carrara who is certainly more focused on the serve and less imprecise on both forehand and backhand. However, there remains the difficulty on the answers that allow the n ° 83 of the ranking not to leave the opponent any break. This apparently until the eighth game, when Musetti wasted his first two break points of the match in backhand. Joy only postponed because the blue U-20 closes in crescendo and goes to take the break in the last and decisive game, where he leaves his opponent at zero and equalizes the set count.
The class of 2001 plays on the wings of enthusiasm and after having held the service in the opening of the third set, he immediately wins a break with an extraordinary play, a volley carried out with the wrist behind the back that enters among the most beautiful shots of the tournament. Cecchinato, however, does not give up and thanks to two failed backhands by the opponent he immediately counter-breaks, before recovering on the momentary 2-2. Both then manage to keep the serve, but the wind of the match has changed and sees the Palermitan more in difficulty in both phases of the game. Musetti from the bottom completes another super play in lob, on the backhand: the audience squeezes him with applause and he repays by taking the second break in the partial. Then the batting turn is just a small step to win the 3rd set with the result of 6-3. The fate of the match changes again in the fourth set, with Cecchinato playing on his nerves and wins the break in the 4th game using the shots at the end of the net. The tennis player from Carrara risks conceding another break, resists a few more minutes but eventually gives up the set that balances the momentary score on 2 even sets.
The emotionality of the semifinalist of Roland Garros 2018 becomes a determining factor in the last part: the haste to close costs him dearly, the points lost are a further psychological blow. Musetti he takes the break after the longest exchange of the challenge, then wins another one in the 6th game and throws it on 5-1. Cecchinato’s pride leads him to the counterbreak and then to cancel three match points on his serve, but the young blue player he regains control and on the time of bat he takes off the pass for the round of 16. The dream continues.