Lorenzo Musetti is ready to face the US hard-court season. The Italian is one of the top players to have decided to return to the European clay-courts, before landing in North America. The goal was to defend the title won in Hamburg, but Djere defeated him again.
The German ATP 500 tournament was only the first of the successes of Italy's number 2, who now dreams big. In an interview with the Italian newspaper la Stampa, he said: "Before my goal was to become a professional, now it is to reach the top of the ranking, win a Grand Slam.
If in the end I fail to achieve all the goals I set for myself, it will mean that they were not within my reach."
Lorenzo Musetti: "Carlos Alcaraz is the King Midas of tennis"
Reaching the top or win a Grand Slam title is not easy.
Not only for the effort that this entails, but for the opponents that we have to overcome right now to reach both goals. The two who now dominate the men's circuit are Carlos Alcaraz and Novak Djokovic. The second is the Old Gen veteran of the circuit, an opponent that Musetti defeated at the last edition of the Masters 1000 in Montecarlo.
Alcaraz is, just like Musetti, a Next Gen talent, now the leader of this new phase of men's tennis. Musetti said: "Today Alcaraz is the point of reference, the player to beat. He is the King Midas of tennis: what he touches becomes gold.
He is both a friend and a source of inspiration, beating him is a source of pride but also a motivation in more to do it again. He's only 20, but a maturity reminiscent of Novak Djokovic, he showed at Wimbledon." About his tennis, Musetti explained: "I would never change my tennis.
Maybe I need more time on the court than others, but I think it's more rewarding to stay true to yourself. And to the dreams we have in our drawer. US hard-courts season It's a long, tiring tour, but I have no points to defend.
I've never played in Canada, I have wonderful memories of the Under-18 final in New York and it's an incredible city."
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