The most important victory of his career was celebrated by 19-year-old Lorenzo Musetti, who made an amazing fight and eliminated from the 1st round of Abierto Mexicano the No. 3 of the board, Diego Schwartzman.
The young Italian, who was introduced to the general public in the autumn of 2020 with his very good performances on the ground, achieved today his first Top 10 victory, against the No. 9 of the world ranking, Schwartzman, with 6-3, 2- 6, 6-4.
“I have worked very hard and made a lot of sacrifices and I think I just shed a few tears! I am very proud of myself, but I have to work even harder and concentrate in the coming days,” Musetti said in an in-court interview. .
We remind you that the young Italian, who turned 19 just 2 weeks ago, had entered the main board of the Masters of Rome through the qualifiers last September, managing to beat Stan Wawrinka and Kei Nishikori there. In the same month he won his first Challenger title in Forli, Italy, and later advanced to his first ATP semifinal in Sardinia, Italy.
In the game with Schwartzman, who came from the title in Buenos Aires, Musetti led 4-0 and 5-1 in the 3rd set, while he also had three match points for 6-1 in the 7th game. Schwartzman resisted, reduced to 5-2 and later the Italian lost a 4th match point, in his serve this time, at 5-2 40-30. Schwartzman, however, did not put it down, managed to make the break and reduced it to 5-4, 0-30, 2 points away from the draw! It was a very difficult point, which Musetti coped with and finally closed the game in the 10th game, at the 6th of the match point in total.
Musetti has faced a player from the Top 50 4 times so far in his career and has won 3 of them. He had only lost to Andrey Rublev last year in Dubai.
In the second round of Acapulco, the talented Italian will face Frances Tiafoe, who after a very close game took the victory over Brandon Nakashima with 6-4, 6-7 (5), 7-6 (5).