Lorenzo Musetti aims to cap off breakthrough season with Next Gen ATP Finals trophy



by   |  VIEW 3491

Lorenzo Musetti aims to cap off breakthrough season with Next Gen ATP Finals trophy

Rising Italian star Lorenzo Musetti has admitted that the biggest goal for him in the rest of the season is to win the Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan. Musetti, 19, has enjoyed a good 2020 season despite his poor results over the last three months.

On Tuesday, Musetti beat Emilio Nava in the US Open first round to end his six-match losing streak. Musetti wasn't that lucky on Thursday as he suffered a straight-set defeat to Reilly Opelka in the US Open second round.

Musetti made the Acapulco semifinal as a qualifier earlier this year and also made his maiden Grand Slam round-of-16 at the French Open. "The Next Gen Finals in Milan are a goal that I think about. It is definitely a trophy that I would like to raise and I hope there will be some crowd in the stands.

There will certainly be no Opelka (laughs)," Musetti said following his US Open exit, per Lorenzo Ercoli.

Musetti was praised by Novak Djokovic

Musetti made the French Open round-of-16, before retiring toward the end of the match to world No.

1 Djokovic. Musetti competed extremely well against Djokovic as he was up by two sets against the world No. 1. Unfortunately for Musetti, he failed to stun Djokovic and the match ended with the Italian's retirement while he was 4-0 down in the fifth set.

After the match, Djokovic suggested Musetti could one day become a top player. "I like to play young guys in best of five because even at two sets down, I feel I still have my chances. I feel physically fit, I won most of my five-setters, that experienced helps.

It's unfortunate for him to have to retire," Djokovic said after beating Musetti. "At the beginning of my career also I had to retire from some matches. It's not funny, not something you want to experience as a young player.

"The experience is the best teacher. I wish Musetti all the best. We know each other quite a well, he's a nice guy. If he keeps going on this way, he will become a top player some day, he has everything."