Lorenzo Musetti: 'Practice session with Roger Federer was the best moment of 2020'



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Lorenzo Musetti: 'Practice session with Roger Federer was the best moment of 2020'

An 18-year-old Italian Lorenzo Musetti has been one of the most promising players born in 2002, conquering the Australian Open junior title a year ago and making notable progress through the ATP ranking list in the past 13 months to crack the top-300.

Lorenzo was the semi-finalist in Milan Challenger at the end of June 2019, losing ground in the next four months before claiming the first professional title in M15 Antalya Futures in October, adding another one in the following week to return into the top-400.

Musetti wrapped up the season with the quarter-final run at home Ortisei Challenger, preparing for the new year and getting a chance to compete in the qualifying draw at the Australian Open as the defending junior champion, losing in the third round to Tallon Girekspoor and missing a chance to become the first player born in 2002 with a match at Majors.

The youngster grabbed a couple of more wins in February, qualifying for the main draw in Dubai and losing to Andrey Rublev 6-4, 6-4 in an hour and 22 minutes. Like all the other players, Lorenzo will have to wait at least for a couple of months before stepping on the court again, with a coronavirus halting all the action at least until the second part of July, but probably for much longer.

In his latest "A tu per tu con.." podcast, Musetti spoke with Luca Fiorino and recalled the practice session with the 20-time Major champion Roger Federer in Melbourne, learning a lot from the legend and calling it the best moment of 2020 season so far.

"Training session with Roger Federer was perhaps the best thing of this year, it was a dream come true. He didn't give me any advice because the time was short enough but it was exciting to train with him; I would like to do it again. It served me as a lesson and it was much more than a regular practice session."