18-Year-Old Lorenzo Musetti Stuns Stan Wawrinka at Italian Open 2020

Published 09/15/2020, 6:15 PM EDT


As North American hard-court summer season curtains down in the US, the clay-court tour kicks off in the European continent. Rome Masters or the Italian Open 2020 tournament as got underway in Italy and the second day of the big tennis event saw a big upset was pulled by the home-favorite teenager Lorenzo Musetti. The Italian lad defeated three-time Grand Slam Stan Wawrinka in the first round of Rome Masters.

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It was a straight-forward defeat for World Number 17 Wawrinka, as he lost 6-0, 7-6 against the 18-year-old Musetti. The encounter was an epic experience in Musetti’s budding career as he conquered his first-ever ATP win.

He earned his way to the main draw in Rome by playing three taxing qualifying matches in the Masters 1000 event.

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Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Italian Open – Foro Italico, Rome, Italy – September 14, 2020, Italy’s Lorenzo Musetti in action during his first-round match against Italy’s Giulio Zeppieri Pool via REUTERS/Riccardo Antimiani

During the match, within 33 minutes of time, Musetti sprinted to take a 6-0, 2-0 lead against Wawrinka. The Swiss star broke back and raised his hopes of staying in the battle. With Musetti on the driver’s seat, all the traffic was driven by the Italian lad with his incredible ability to strike sleek one-hand backhands just like his experienced-opponent.

Unfortunately, he couldn’t produce the biggest win of his career in front of his home-crowd as Rome Masters decided to carry court the tournament behind the closed doors.

Stan Wawrinka is Lorenzo Musetti’s Idol

Up next Musetti sets up his second-round clash against the Asian star Kei Nishikori. In Rome, the Japanese ace delivered his first ATP win since US Open 2019 after edging past Albert Ramos Vinolas in the opening round.

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“I have seen him play on television and I know he is a very tough player.  I’m going to enjoy the victory before I start thinking about my match against Nishikori,” Musetti said.

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“I’m so happy. When I saw the draw, that I was playing with one of my idols, with a one-handed backhand, it was amazing,” he reflected after his groundbreaking win.

35-year-old tennis champ Wawrinka won a title at Prague Challenge in the month of August. It was his first title since his comeback to the ATP Tour after undergoing knee surgery. With his loss in Italy, Stan will be meticulously working upon his preparation for French Open 2020.

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Mahalakshmi Murali

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Mahalakshmi Murali joined EssentiallySports in 2018 as a tennis author and has gone on to pen more than 1800 engaging articles, probing into various aspects of the sport and its illustrious players. With her expertise on the sport, Mahalakshmi has interviewed stalwarts from the sport such as Serena WIlliams’ coach Patrick Mouratoglou and Kevin Anderson’s physio, Carlos Costa. Equipped with her vast experience and a keen understanding of the sport, Mahalakshmi now co-heads the tennis department.

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