Giovanni Mpetshi Perricard falls to Lorenzo Musetti at Wimbledon, misses history

Lorenzo Musetti will play in his first Major quarter-final at Wimbledon

by Jovica Ilic
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Giovanni Mpetshi Perricard falls to Lorenzo Musetti at Wimbledon, misses history
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Lorenzo Musetti will play in his first Major quarter-final at Wimbledon. The Italian faced the young Frenchman Giovanni Mpetshi Perricard in the fourth round and notched a 4-6, 6-3, 6-3, 6-2 victory in two hours and three minutes, joining his compatriot Jannik Sinner in the last eight.

Mpetshi Perricard entered the main draw as a lucky loser and aced his way into the second week. The giant server fired 181 aces in six matches (two best-of-three) and tried to become the first lucky loser in a Major quarter-final.

Giovanni claimed the opener before his initial shot let him down, struggling for the rest of the duel and propelling Lorenzo through. The Frenchman landed ten aces and eight double faults, feeling the pressure behind the first and second serve.

Giovanni Mpetshi Perricard, Wimbledon 2024© Clive Brunskill / Staff - Getty Images Sport

He dropped 38% of the points in his games and got broken five times from 15 chances offered to his opponent. Lorenzo lost serve once in the opener from the only break chance he played against.

The Italian kept everything under control in the remaining three sets, losing only 17 points in his games and moving over the top in style. Musetti landed 23 winners and eight unforced mistakes, taming his strokes nicely and welcoming 42 errors from the other side of the net.

Two rivals with a one-handed backhand made a solid start in their games, leveling the score at 3-3 after 17 minutes. Musetti wasted a game point in game seven and placed a forehand long, offering Giovanni a break chance.

Lorenzo Musetti, Wimbledon 2024© Clive Brunskill / Staff - Getty Images Sport

Lorenzo Musetti beat Giovanni Mpetshi Perricard in four sets at Wimbledon.

The Frenchman attacked and caused the rival's mistake, earning a break and moving 4-3 in front.

Mpetshi Perricard held at 15 in game eight to cement the break and closed the opener with a powerful serve two games later for 6-4 after 33 minutes. Musetti produced five comfortable holds in the second set, forcing his opponent to follow that pace to remain in touch.

Giovanni served well in the first part of the set before experiencing the first issues in his games at 3-4. The Frenchman netted a running forehand at the net and experienced two break points. He hit a wild second serve on the fist, losing serve after a double fault and allowing the Italian to wrap up the set with a service winner in the next one, leveling the overall score after an hour and one minute.

Giovanni Mpetshi Perricard, Wimbledon 2024© Clive Brunskill / Staff - Getty Images Sport

Musetti served well in the third set and mounted the pressure on the other side. He broke Mpetshi Perricard in the third game on the third break point, moving in front and staying there with comfortable serves.

The Frenchman denied four break points in the seventh game before struggling again at 3-5. Giovanni saved the first set point with a backhand winner before Lorenzo converted the second, taking the set 6-3 and moving closer to the finish line after an hour and 39 minutes.

The Italian remained untouched behind the initial shot in the fourth set, notching 14 consecutive service games without issues and forcing his rival to follow that pace. Giovanni lost the ground and suffered a break at love in the second game after an extended rally and Lorenzo's forehand winner.

The Italian served well in games three, five and seven and secured another break at 5-2 to book a place in his first Major quarter-final.

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