Rising Italian star Lorenzo Musetti survived a tight third round clash at the French Open and now his focus has turned to trying to beat world No. 1 Novak Djokovic. In an all-Italian clash, Musetti beat 2018 French Open semifinalist Marco Cecchinato 3-6 6-4 6-3 3-6 6-3 to reach the round-of-16 at Roland Garros.
With his win over Cecchinato, Musetti made his maiden round-of-16 at a Grand Slam tournament. "I have a lot of feelings right now, and I'm not thinking about the match," said Musetti, as quoted on the ATP website.
"I [will] try to enjoy the win of today a bit, and then tomorrow I will focus on trying to beat Novak and try to go forward."
Musetti edged out Cecchinato
Cecchinato made a perfect start to the match, having won the opening three games of the set.
Cecchinato then routinely held on to his serve the rest of the set to win the opener. Musetti failed to convert any of his two break point chances in the eighth game of the second set but earned his first break of the match two games later to tie the match at one set apiece.
Musetti then broke Cecchinato in the second game of the third set but got broken back immediately in the following game. However, Musetti kept his focus as he broke Cecchinato for the second time in the set in the eighth game and then served out for the set in the ninth game.
After losing two consecutive sets, Cecchinato responded as he broke Musetti in the fourth game of the fourth set to take a 3-1 lead. Cecchinato failed to convert a break point in the sixth game but routinely served out for the set in the ninth game.
The two players were tied at one game apiece in the third set, before Musetti claimed back-to-back breaks to win four games in a row and take a 5-1 lead. Cecchinato got one break back and three match points in the eighth game but Musetti served out fior the match in the ninth game.