Wildcard Lorenzo Musetti aims to stun Novak Djokovic in Dubai



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Wildcard Lorenzo Musetti aims to stun Novak Djokovic in Dubai

World No. 57 Lorenzo Musetti thanked the Dubai organizers for giving him a wildcard as he is hoping to stun No. 1 seed Novak Djokovic. Musetti, 19, is set to make his second appearance in Dubai. Musetti made his ATP debut in Dubai two years ago.

Back then, Musetti won two qualifying matches to earn a main draw place before losing to Andrey Rublev in the first round. "Thanks to the director for the wildcard. Two years ago I played here against Rublev my first ATP match, so I have great memories.

The season could have started better, but I played well in Pune and Rotterdam," Musetti said, per Lorenzo Ercoli.

Musetti set to take on Djokovic

Musetti didn't have much luck with the draw as he is set to face world No.

1 Djokovic in the Dubai first round. It will be the second meeting between the two as Musetti retired his French Open round-of-16 match against Djokovic in the fifth set. “I’m always not the lucky one but I think it will be a nice experience playing on Center Court with a full crowd.

I really enjoy it and I’ll try to take my revenge for Roland Garros from last year,” said Musetti, per Arab News. “Of course I was playing my best tennis, it was completely on another surface but of course I learned a lot from that match.

I learned I could be at that level. Let’s hope I will be at that level again on Monday or Tuesday night, whenever I’m playing, on the Center Court. I’ll enjoy myself and I’ll try to take out the first seed”.

Djokovic was 6-7 (7) 6-7 (2) 6-1 6-0 4-0 up when Musetti retired their first match. "I came here to play my first Grand Slam in the main draw, and I made second week taking two sets against the World No. 1," Musetti said after the match.

"I think I [will] take away a lot of feelings, a lot of emotions, but [also] a lot of experience. Now I know how can I play, how far I am from the [best players] on the Tour, like Nole. So I know that if I play good I can stay at this level. I will go home, rest a bit, and work for Wimbledon."