Lorenzo Musetti Reveals He Idolised Roger Federer and Says His Toughest Opponent Was Wawrinka

Published 04/12/2021, 9:00 AM EDT
Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates victory following his Men’s Singles third round match against Lucas Pouille of France during Day six of The Championships – Wimbledon 2019 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 06, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)


There are hardly any youngsters in tennis today who weren’t Roger Federer fans during their childhood. Most of them started playing the sport because of the influence of the Swiss Maestro. One of the recent youngsters who claimed that he was a Federer fan is Italian professional tennis player Lorenzo Musetti.

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In a recent interview, Musetti answered a lot of questions about himself. One of the questions was about who his idol was when he started playing tennis. Without much hesitation, Musetti said that it was none other than Roger Federer.

Roger Federer of Switzerland reacts in his fourth-round match against Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece during day seven of the 2019 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 20, 2019, in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Darrian Traynor/Getty Images)

He also spoke about his favorite Grand Slam, and why he prefers to play there. Wimbledon because it is the paradise of tennis,” responded Musetti.

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The Italian player disclosed the names of the toughest opponents he has faced so far and interestingly, took the names of Stan Wawrinka and Andrey Rublev. “Probably Wawrinka and Andrey Rublev,” said the 19-year-old.

Italy’s Lorenzo Musetti in action during his third-round match against Germany’s Dominik Koepfer. Pool via REUTERS/Clive Brunskill

Lorenzo Musetti will begin his Monte Carlo Masters 2021 campaign today. He’ll be up against the ATP Dubai 2021 winner, Aslan Karatsev, in the very first round of the tournament. Will Musetti be able to battle past an in-form Karatsev?

When will Roger Federer return to the court again?

It was a great moment for fans when Roger Federer returned to the court at the Qatar Open 2021. Even though he couldn’t win the tournament, he exhibited some great skills on the court.

Roger Federer (SUI) during the French Open Tennis at Stade Roland-Garros, Paris. (Credit: Jon Bromley | MI News) (Photo by MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Federer is not completely fit right now, and his chances of playing in the clay-court season are not that high. However, the 20-time Grand Slam champion is definitely aiming to make a comeback before the Wimbledon Championships 2021.

It has been about more than three years since Federer last won a Grand Slam. Although he’ll be hungry to accomplish the feat this time, he knows that it’ll be hard for him to compete against the players who are almost half of his age. Will Federer be able to beat the odds and lift his 21st Grand Slam title at Wimbledon 2021?

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Anshul Singh is a tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 500 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

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