Lorenzo Musetti, 20, thinks Carlos Alcaraz being the world No 1 is good for him also as that way he is more motivated to work harder on achieving his tennis dreams. Alcaraz has had a stunning year as he captured his first Grand Slam at the US Open and also became the youngest No 1 in tennis history.
Musetti, who is viewed as one of the most talented and promising players in the game, has also dreams of becoming a Grand Slam champion and No 1 one day. This past summer, Musetti defeated Alcaraz in the Hamburg final for his first ATP title.
"Honestly, I'm very happy for them. The fact that Carlos Alcaraz is world No. 1 is incredible for him but also for me. On the one hand, because we are very good friends. On the other hand, because his success helped to stimulate me even more.
It motivated me to harden my game and my character a little more to accomplish great things in the near future," Musetti told Eurosport.
Musetti feels he is finding 'the balance'
World No 23 Musetti clinched several notable results in recent weeks, most notably winning his second title in Naples.
Also, Musetti made the semifinals in Sofia and Florence, while he was a quarterfinalist at the Paris Masters. "It's normal to have ups and downs on a road that leads to the top of a mountain, we had to find a balance and I think that's what I'm managing to do.
I am happy and proud to have done the work necessary to pass a big milestone, with the help of my team, especially on the mental level," Musetti reflected. In the Paris quarterfinal, Musetti suffered a 6-0 6-3 defeat to Novak Djokovic.
Musetti wasn't happy afterward because he felt that performance wasn't reflective of his his form in recent time. "This somewhat 'ugly' defeat hurt me because it does not really reflect what I have been showing in recent weeks.
But there you go, there can be relapses. Maybe had a little too much expectation on this game that I couldn't manage, and Djokovic was very good at taking away all the certainties I thought I had. It's up to me to resume my journey as soon as possible," Musetti said.