Lorenzo Musetti is only 19 years and 102 days old, but it was not seen on Saturday on court 7. The young Italian clinched his first qualification for a second week of Grand Slam even before having celebrated his 20th birthday. by offering yourself the 10th “derby d’Italia”, understand the duel between Italians, in the history of Roland-Garros against Marco Cecchinato. Duel of clay specialists requires, it took five rounds for the younger of the two to achieve the most important success of his career (3-6, 6-4, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 ), after 3:07 of combat. In the next round, the winner of the duel between Novak Djokovic and Ricardas Berankis awaits him.
The day after the spectacular Ruud – Davidovich Fokina, this duel between Italians reserved more or less the same scenario. After the two punchers in the Spanish game, it’s time for the two ocher lovers with a one-handed backhand and their touch of the ball from the Boot. Obviously, the show was not lacking, like the winning shots, and the script was quite illegible. Cecchinato went to extremes: he took the first act and the fourth. Musetti made the powder speak and his magnificent hand in the heart of the match. He led two races to one after a nightmare start. He paid the price afterwards. But it was to move back to jump better.
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There was a good fight in the fifth set, but not the knife duel which made the small court 7 of Porte d’Auteuil salivate. The fifth round was a carbon copy of the rest of the game, with one man dominating and the other racing behind. And it was Lorenzo Musetti who took his chance by taking the service of the former semi-finalist of Roland Garros at 2-1 after an extended game where Cecchinato physically stuck. He then unwound and rolled over his poor compatriot.
Concluding was not easy for the player born in Carrara, Tuscany. It was not until the fifth match point to see him join the second week of Roland Garros, just eight months after revealing himself for the first time at the Masters 1000 in Rome. A breakthrough at 5-1, three match points saved by the grumpy Cecchinato, and another takeoff at 40-15: Musetti had the arm that trembled to sign his founding victory, the one that will change his life and take him in one of the big courts of Roland-Garros next Monday. If he still lacks consistency and control, the 76th in the world has displayed his beautiful paws for more than three hours and an ability to do everything on the court. Most importantly, he never gives up, even when things are going badly. This triumphant youth has it under the hood. Viva Italia!
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