ROME — Native teenager Lorenzo Musetti surprised Stan Wawrinka 6-0, 7-6 (2) within the first spherical of the Italian Open on Tuesday for a memorable first win on tour.
Out-hitting Wawrinka’s famed backhand with a one-handed model of his personal, the 18-year-old qualifier moved the three-time Grand Slam champion from nook to nook and displayed an all-court recreation that belied his years.
Musetti grew to become the primary participant born in 2002 to win on the ATP tour — after fellow Italian Jannik Sinner achieved the feat final yr for gamers born in 2001.
Wawrinka, who selected to not journey to the US Open, appeared rusty and dedicated a sequence of errors early.
“Within the first set and the start of the second there was no match,” stated Musetti, who gained the primary eight video games.
Because the match wore on, although, and Wawrinka started to place up extra of a struggle, Musetti continued hitting winners and delicate drop volleys. He even had extra aces than the hard-serving Wawrinka — 5 to 3.
“I saved pondering, ‘I am up a set and a break in opposition to Wawrinka and he is beginning to click on now,” stated the No. 249-ranked Musetti, who wanted a wild card to get into the qualifying event.
“Every thing was in place for me to fail. However I have been engaged on the psychological facet of the sport essentially the most, and I’ve improved so much over the past month.
“To get win my first match right here in Rome — sadly with out followers — I haven’t got phrases to explain it.”
Musetti, runner-up within the 2018 US Open junior last and Australian Open junior champions in 2019, is considered one of a report eight Italians to have reached the second spherical in Rome.
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Rome-born Matteo Berrettini, a US Open semifinalist final yr, is seeded No. Four this week. And 2018 French Open semifinalist Marco Cecchinato defeated Kyle Edmund 3-6, 7-6 (7), 6-2, to finish a seven-match dropping streak.
Wild-card entry Salvatore Caruso, one other Italian, defeated American qualifier Tennys Sandgren 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (4) and can now face Novak Djokovic within the top-ranked Serb’s first match since being defaulted from the US Open.
Caruso saved a match level late within the third set earlier than closing it out after practically three hours on a steamy 32 Celsius day.
Djokovic, who had a first-round bye, stated Monday that he discovered “an enormous lesson” after he was thrown out of the event in New York for unintentionally hitting a line choose within the throat with a ball.
Djokovic beat Caruso in straight units of their solely profession assembly within the third spherical of final yr’s French Open.
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Musetti subsequent faces Kei Nishikori, who’s coming back from proper elbow surgical procedure, and who missed the US Open after testing constructive for COVID-19.
“I am not afraid of anybody,” Musetti stated. “I am simply having enjoyable.”
Alex de Minaur — one other US Open quarterfinalist — was tentative and wasted quite a few possibilities in a 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (6) loss to German qualifier Diminik Koepfer.
Additionally, Argentine qualifier Federico Coria, the youthful brother of 2005 Rome runner-up Guillermo Coria, beat Jan-Lennard Struff 6-1, 7-6 (5). Coria will subsequent face native favourite Matteo Berrettini, the No. Four seed.
Within the girls’s event, Katerina Siniakova rolled previous three-time Grand Slam champion Angelique Kerber 6-3, 6-1; and final yr’s French Open finalist Marketa Vondrousova held off a comeback from Japanese qualifier Misaki Doi to win 6-1, 4-6, 6-4.
Additionally, Coco Gauff gained her first Tour-level match on clay, sliding into her pictures like a veteran in beating No. 34-ranked Ons Jabeur 6-4, 6-3.
However the 16-year-old American additionally hit three consecutive double-faults handy again an early break within the second set earlier than regaining her composure to seal the victory in 1 hour, 21 minutes.
Gauff stated she had good outcomes on clay as a junior and famous that she spends numerous time on the floor on the French academy run by Patrick Mouratoglu, the coach of Serena Williams.
“I have been going there since I used to be 10,” Gauff stated. “So I am fairly used to the pink clay.”
Gauff’s subsequent opponent will probably be former French Open and Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza, who beat Sloane Stephens 6-3, 6-Three in a match that was interrupted for greater than an hour between units on account of rain.