‘I have never played like today,’ says Lorenzo Musetti on Novak Djokovic clash


Lorenzo Musetti says he performed his finest ever tennis on Monday after going two units up towards Novak Djokovic at Roland Garros.

The 19-year-old made a powerful begin, matching the world primary level for level,  taking him to 2 tie-breaks and profitable each to get him off to an excellent lead.

And the Italian teenager did it in type, exhibiting off each his creativity and energy on courtroom, not one thing you’d often anticipate from a participant making his Grand Slam debut in the principle draw, and has solely simply damaged into the highest 100 rankings in March this 12 months.

Sadly for him, the skilled Serbian managed to show the sport round, taking the third and fourth set simply earlier than Musetti retired via damage within the fifth.

Regardless of the end result, Musetti says he loved the expertise and is pleased together with his efficiency, however will take an enormous studying expertise from it.

“For me [it] was a implausible expertise. I feel I used to be taking part in my finest tennis, for positive. I’ve by no means performed like right this moment,” Musetti stated.

“The primary two units have been actually lengthy, greater than two hours. In fact I’m just a little bit disillusioned, however I performed towards [the] No. 1 on this planet, and I took the primary two units.”

“He began taking part in actually good, after which I had some issues with my bodily half. I feel I’ve to work there.”

Musetti had a 5 set match towards fellow countryman Marco Cecchinato within the third spherical and he thinks that impacted his health within the Djokovic conflict.

“In fact the match with Cecchinato was 5 units, three hours, and was actually robust, was actually intense,” he added.

“Perhaps if I had performed three units [against Cecchinato] as an alternative of 5 right this moment [it would have been] completely different.

“However you can’t evaluate. I’m pleased with this week and with the tennis that I’ve confirmed right this moment.”

After the match, the Italian was reflective in regards to the end result and what this implies for his season forward.

“I got here right here to play my first Grand Slam in the principle draw, and I made [the] second week taking two units towards the No. 1 on this planet. I feel I took away numerous emotions, numerous feelings, however numerous expertise,” Musetti stated.

“Now I understand how can I play, how far I’m from the largest [players on] the Tour, like Nole, so I do know that if I play good I can keep at this degree.

“I feel I’m doing actually good virtually each week. When you could have [a new] finest rating each week, I feel you’re doing good.

“I’m making numerous factors… I feel it’s a extremely good season for me for the time being. However we’re on the midway [point of the season], so let’s see how the opposite half goes to finish.”


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