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LORENZO MUSETTI

Nationality:
Italy
Height:
185cm
Age:
22
Points:
1620
RANKING
#25

Bio

Lorenzo Musetti was born in Carrara, Italy on March 3, 2002. In his career he won two ATP titles out of as many finals played, including the ATP 500 tournament in Hamburg in 2022. In Grand Slam trials he reached the eighth finals in the 2021 edition of Roland Garros. In the ATP rankings he was No. 18, a position he reached on April 23, 2023.

At Junior level, he was number 1 in the world and won seven titles, including the Australian Open in 2019, aged 16 years and 10 months, when he became the youngest Italian ever to win an Under Slam 18.

Lorenzo starts playing tennis at the age of four. Discovered by Simone Tartarini and raised within federal programs, he trains at the Tirrenia Technical Centre, in the municipality of Pisa; he attended the linguistic high school. Right-handed, he plays a one-handed backhand. He is a Young Testimonial of the National Union of Veterans of Sport. In 2020 he moved his residence to Monte Carlo.

Career

In 2016, at the age of 14, he won the double of the junior world championships, Les Petits As, paired with his cuntryman Lorenzo Rottoli. Shortly after, he lifted his first trophy in singles by winning Grade 5 of the National Sport Park Open U18 tournament, held on hard courts in Tirana, overcoming his compatriot Duccio Petreni in two sets.

In February 2017, he won his first title on clay, in Grade 4 of the ninth edition of the Kenya International Junior Championships, beating Filippo Moroni in the final. In the same tournament he also won the doubles match with Lorenzo Rottoli. In June of the same year he conquered the third Under 18 title by imposing himself on the clay of the Grade 2 Miedzynarodowy Turniej Juniorów or Puchar Slaska, held in Bytom, where he defeated his compatriot Emiliano Maggioli in the final act. At the end of the 2018 season he is n. 4 in the ITF Junior ranking.

He inaugurates the 2019 season with the triumph at the Australian Open Juniores, overcoming the American Emilio Nava in the final, after saving a match point in the super tie-break; he thus becomes the first Italian tennis player in history to win the under 18 Grand Slam in Melbourne, the fifth Italian man to win a major at the youth level and the youngest Italian of both sexes to achieve this feat.

On 14 September 2020, by overcoming the cadet draw of the Internazionali d'Italia, in which he participates thanks to a wild card, he gained access to the main draw of a Masters 1000 tournament for the first time, defeating Bernabé Zapata Miralles, Leonardo Mayer and Giulio Zeppieri. In the first round of the main draw, he eliminated Stan Wawrinka, n. 17 in the world and seeded no. 10, and in the second Kei Nishikori. He stops in the third round, beaten by Dominik Koepfer. On 21 September, he reached number 180 in the world rankings.

The following week he won his first career Challenger title, at the Forlì Internationals, in which he participated thanks to a wild card. In the first round he defeats Teymuraz Gabashvili in straight sets; in the round of 16, she beat No. 1 seed Frances Tiafoe in three games. In the quarterfinals he conceded just four games to Andreas Seppi and in the penultimate act he overtook Lloyd Harris who retired in the decisive set.

The final sees him triumph over Thiago Monteiro in two tie-breaks.

On May 31, 2021, at Roland Garros, he made his debut in the main draw of a Grand Slam tournament and defeated David Goffin, world number 13, in three sets. In the second round, again in three sets, he avenges the defeat suffered in Parma against Yoshihito Nishioka and in the round of 32 he disputes and wins his first match in five sets, eliminating Marco Cecchinato, becoming the second Italian tennis player of the Open era to reach the round of 16 at the first presence in the main draw of a Major, 37 years after the feat achieved by Francesco Cancellotti.

Blocking his way is world number one Novak Dokovic, future winner of the tournament, against whom he is forced to retire in the fifth set due to physical problems, on a score of 6-77, 6-7, 6-1, 6 -0, 4-0 in favor of the Serbian. On 21 June it reached number 58 in the world rankings. 

In 2022, after six consecutive defeats on the major circuit, five of which in the first round, he returned to victory in the first match of the ATP 500 in Hamburg, where he overcame Dusan Lajovic by canceling two match points in the second set. In the round of 32 he eliminated Emil Ruusuvuori in two sets, while in the quarterfinals he always prevailed over Alejandro Davidovich Fokina in two fractions.

In the semifinals he defeated Francisco Cerúndolo in straight sets to reach his first career ATP final. In the last act he beats Carlos Alcaraz, number 6 in the world and seeded number 1 in the tournament, winning his first ATP title, and becoming the youngest Italian tennis player to have beaten a top 10 in a final of the ATP circuit.

In the 250 in Naples he is 4th among the heads and conquers his second career ATP title, the first on hard courts, without losing a set, beating Laslo Đere in the round of 16, Daniel Galán in the quarterfinals and Miomir Kecmanovic in the semifinals. the only one able to snatch a tour of duty from him. In the final he triumphed in straight sets over world No. 2 and No. 16 seed Matteo Berrettini.

On October 24, he rises to position No. 23 in the world rankings. On April 23, 2023 he reached his best ranking so far, at 18th position.

Style of play

Lorenzo Musetti's tennis is complete, and characterized by volleys, dropshots, accelerations, slices and topspins. the service ranges from flat solutions, in slices and in kicks reaching peaks of 200 km/h. In July 2022 he abandoned the foot-up technique to switch to foot-back. The second serve balls, with the foot-up, were often shy and the opponents could be aggressive right from the return.

He has one of the most complete one-handed backhands, which allows him to use it equally for effectiveness in both topspin and slices. He has good timing in anticipation of downfield shots, where the foot placement that gave him stability issues has been greatly improved, which allows him to timely counter-attack opponents' long balls. He also frequently uses the sliced backhand to slow down the opponent's game and change the momentum of the rally.

In playing the forehand, with an extreme western grip, he used an opening with the right elbow bent very far back and with ample preparations which prevented him from using the lead, above all in returning service on courts and therefore fast balls, where he was forced to back a lot from the baseline, and to choose a blocked return, with low percentages of points won on return, making him feel more comfortable on slower surfaces such as clay ones than on fast ones.


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