Rising Italian star Lorenzo Musetti underlined that he was focused on his game and not Benoit Paire during their Miami Masters clash. Musetti, who reached his maiden ATP semifinal in Acapulco two weeks ago, handed a 6-3 6-3 loss to Paire to reach the Miami third round.
Musetti got broken back in the opening game of the match but he broke back Paire in the second game. Musetti then earned his second break of the match in the eighth game, before serving out for the opener a game later. In the second set, Musetti earned breaks in the third and ninth game to wrap up a straight-set win.
"I had to focus on myself, and not Benoit. I think I did a great match," Musetti said, per the ATP website. "I managed the tough points really good. I'm really happy."
Paire was a tricky opponent for Musetti
Paire entered the match with nothing to lose as two weeks ago he said: "Third I will talk about the ATP circuit which has become sad, boring and ridiculous ..
I know you are going to say you don't realize how lucky you are blah-blah-blah, but playing in closed stadiums without any atmosphere Isn't that why I play tennis .., have to stay either at the hotel or at the tennis club and be forbidden to go out on pain of exclusion and a fine, or is the pleasure of traveling? tennis and become a tasteless job ..
So yes I need time to adapt to this pseudo ATP circuit but I will make the efforts to try to just rediscover the pleasure of playing tennis .. I am not talking about results I I'm going to go play Acapulco and Miami after thinking a lot, and my goal will be just to have a smile on the field and enjoy kicking a ball, that I win yes that I lose I really don't care."
But Musetti had nothing but good to say of Paire. "I was really focussed from the first point, because I knew it was a tough match from the beginning. Benoit is a fantastic player," Musetti said. "He's a really nice guy.
Even last week in Acapulco, he said to me a lot of congratulations and a lot of nice words. Even today when he lost, he was really nice to me."