'I grew up watching Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal', says young star

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'I grew up watching Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal', says young star

A fairytale game, one of those that are never forgotten and that can change a career. And the young Italian talent Lorenzo Musetti is the protagonist of the masterpiece that closes the second day of matches of the main draw, in the comparison between two backhands to one hand of the highest quality: the 18-year-old from Carrara, World number 249, promoted from qualifying and to the absolute debut in a main draw of a Masters 1000, he illuminated the Foro Italico - unfortunately without an audience - eliminating by 60 76(2), in an hour and 23 minutes the Swiss Stan Wawrinka, number 17 in the world ranking and tenth seeded.

When Lorenzo Musetti was young, he would visit the Foro Italico with his friends and family to watch the world’s best tennis players like Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka.

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“I think it's a dream that came true, and I'm still not believing what I did tonight. I grew up watching Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Stan Wawrinka,” Lorenzo Musetti said. “I just accept that and let's see [what happens] in the next days.

I didn't expect this win, but I think I deserved it,” Musetti stated. “I played really good tennis and I enjoyed all the points of this match. I don't know how many points I got, how much money,” Musetti commented.

“I just enjoyed the match and I had a lot of fun tonight and hope to keep the process and trust the process of my career and try to play better every point, every day. I think that's my goal of the moment. We worked a lot this month.

I think I did one step of maturation of my game and my mentality,” Musetti said. “I just focussed on the game. I just tried to keep my serve and then in the tie-break I was really brave and I enjoyed a lot playing in this beautiful stadium.

I'm really calm, I don't know why. But I was calm also before the match. I think that's the key of my victory”. Musetti is following in the footsteps of fellow Italian teen Jannik Sinner. One year ago, Sinner won his first Masters 1000 match in Rome and he'd later lift the Next Gen ATP Finals trophy.

"Their success pushes me and it gives me a fire to try to do better. Jannik had an amazing season and it makes me work harder to see him like that," Musetti said. "I hope to have the level like Jannik, because he is the best of us in Italy.

I think that will come soon for me. Stan has an incredible backhand, incredible serve, a lot of power,” Musetti said. “I think I just managed my weapons the best tonight. At the end, it was incredible”.