Musetti-Sinner, the young Italy shines in Paris – Sport

Musetti-Sinner, the young Italy shines in Paris – Sport
Musetti-Sinner, the young Italy shines in Paris – Sport

PARIS (France) There are two Italian teenagers in the round of 16 of Roland Garros. Lorenzo Musetti and Jannik Sinner drew applause in Paris, where tomorrow they will have to face two sacred monsters of the red earth: the Tuscan will face Novak Djokovic, who by passing the third round for the twelfth time in a row in this tournament has achieved a record streak for the Open era; the South Tyrolean instead will have to try to make Rafa Nadal, 13 times King of Paris, abdicate. The Azzurri are amazing, even if not at the level of the Czech Barbora …

PARIS (France)

There are two Italian teenagers in the round of 16 of Roland Garros. Lorenzo Musetti and Jannik Sinner drew applause in Paris, where tomorrow they will have to face two sacred monsters of the red earth: the Tuscan will face Novak Djokovic, who by passing the third round for the twelfth time in a row in this tournament has achieved a record streak for the Open era; the South Tyrolean, on the other hand, will have to try to make Rafa Nadal, 13 times King of Paris, abdicate. The Azzurri are amazing, even if not at the level of the Czech Barbora Krejcikova, number 33 in the world who placed the surprise hit in the women’s draw by eliminating number 6 Elina Svitolina. There is a “golden generation of Italian tennis”, as an article in the New York Times also defined it on the eve of the third round of Roland Garros, with five Italians involved. Pending school leaving, Musetti passed the tennis exam. He showed strong nerves and showed off some acrobatic shots already viral on social networks (one behind his back at the net, the other with his back to the goal net) in the derby with Marco Cecchinato, ten years older, who imposed his own game in the first and third set, but in the last one he surrendered to the clarity of the Tuscan born in 2002. “It was a concentration of emotions not easy to manage. I want to enjoy this beautiful victory for a while, then I’ll think about how to try to beating Djokovic. I will above all try to have fun, “said Musetti, who has never before played a five-set match, and is the sixth player since 2000 to reach the round of 16 in his Grand Slam debut. At the end of the tournament he will climb several positions in the world ranking (now he is at number 76), however the arduous confrontation with the Serbian number 1 in the world will end, so far he has only conceded 23 games in 9 sets in the path that led him to the yet another record of his career. “Not bad”, he smiled after eliminating Lithuanian Ricardas Berankis in 92 minutes, without giving him break points. Now he will continue to hunt for his second triumph in Paris after that of 2016. “Playing against Novak and Rafa? Difficult, but these are important tests, which will do us good”, is sure Sinner, number 19 in the world, 20 years to go. fulfill. After eliminating the Swede Mikael Ymer in three sets (6-1, 7-5, 6-3) in two hours and twenty-two minutes, he has to contend with Nadal, who defeated him in the quarterfinals last year. The Spaniard has not yet lost a set, although at times he has suffered against British Cameron Norrie (triple 6-3 final) to bring his record at Roland Garros to 103 wins and only 2 knockouts since 2005.

Matteo Berrettini also reaches the second round: he defeated South Korean Soonwoo Kwon, n.91 in the ranking, in the third round, in three sets with a score of 7-6 (6) 6-3 6-4.

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