A local Italian teenager, Lorenzo Musetti playing the professional circuit for the first time has soundly beat three-time Grand slam champion Stan Wawrinka on Tuesday. 18-year-old Musetti had only played one match earlier at the tour level before facing the Swiss player who had formerly been ranked at world number 3. Wawrinka crashed out of the Italian Open having lost the matches at 6-0, 7-6 (7/2) against Musetti.
The 35-year-old is the oldest player in the tournament who fought back after trailing 2-0 in the second set, however, it was too late to fix the tally of points in his favour. Musetti after the match commented in a statement that he believed that Wawrinka “is a very tough player” and he had seen him play over the years. He will now be facing Japan’s Kei Nishikori in the second round.
Musetti is the youngest player to qualify for the tournament, giving this victory against a Grand slam champion added surprise. The young athlete’s coach before the match called winning against Wawrinka an “impossible mission” owing to his experience and time in the professional tennis circuit.
Wawrinka made a series of mistakes at the beginning having lost the first eight games before working his way back, putting Musetti in a second set tie. Sealing the victory, he became the first player born in 2002 to win a match on the ATP tour. When asked about his next match he said that he will savour his victory before starting to worry about the next one against Nishikori.
In 2018, Musetti had secured his position as the runner-up in the US Open junior final and Australian Open junior champions in 2019. He has made his mark is being part of the elite eight Italian tennis players who have reached the second round in Rome.