#NextGenATP Lorenzo Musetti reached a milestone immediately when he cracked the High 100 within the FedEx ATP Rankings for the primary time at World No. 94.
Two years in the past, the Italian was unranked. Now, the 19-year-old is the youngest participant within the High 100. Musetti climbed 26 spots from World No. 120 after an incredible run to the semi-finals of the Abierto Mexicano Telcel presentado por HSBC as a qualifier.
“It’s a dream come true. Since I used to be a child, I hoped and I dreamed to be sooner or later High 100 and to enter on the Tour,” Musetti stated. “Lastly, I acquired this. It’s unimaginable.”
There at the moment are two youngsters within the High 100: Musetti and 2019 Subsequent Gen ATP Finals champion Jannik Sinner, one other 19-year-old Italian. Sinner, who is sort of seven months older than Musetti, has nice respect for his countryman.
“Musetti is a giant, massive expertise,” Sinner stated in Dubai final week. “He can do the whole lot with the ball already, so he’s already bodily robust. I believe he’s a terrific participant.”
Musetti has been one of many ATP Tour’s breakthrough stars since tennis resumed final August following a five-month COVID-19 suspension. Former World No. 33 Paolo Lorenzi, an Italian veteran who trains with youthful countrymen, believes Musetti made his largest enchancment final yr.
“He made a extremely massive step through the lockdown. I noticed him taking part in earlier than and after,” Lorenzi stated. “I used to be practising with him earlier than qualifying in Rome and he was taking part in actually unbelievable. It was actually spectacular. I believe he made a giant step throughout lockdown along with his coach. They informed me they had been working actually laborious and I believe that was the important thing of his new sport.
“Earlier than he had good arms, however he was not so robust bodily. After all, he can do the whole lot he was doing earlier than, however the lockdown helped him quite a bit.”
Because the World No. 249 on the Internazionali BNL d’Italia, Musetti certified and upset Stan Wawrinka and Kei Nishikori en path to the third spherical. The teenager has not seemed again since. He claimed his maiden ATP Challenger Tour title the next week in Forli and reached his first ATP Tour semi-final in Sardinia.
However Musetti’s efficiency final week in Acapulco was most spectacular of all. The 19-year-old certified, earned his first High 10 win in opposition to Diego Schwartzman, outlasted American Frances Tiafoe in a final-set tie-break and eradicated 2017 Nitto ATP Finals champion Grigor Dimitrov to make his first ATP 500 semi-final. After Musetti’s second-round win, his longtime coach, Simone Tartarini, stated, “My coronary heart is useless!”
“This week was a dream week. Now Lorenzo is within the High 100. It’s wonderful,” Tartarini stated. “Now it’s crucial as a result of we modified the schedule for subsequent month. It’s the primary time Lorenzo has the chance to enter the primary draw of a Slam. It’s wonderful. I’ve labored with Lorenzo for 10 years. Lorenzo is a son to me. I’ve two sons in Italy, and Lorenzo is one other son. Me, I’m one other father to him. For me, Lorenzo is household.”
Musetti has confirmed himself a tricky competitor on court docket who enjoys acting on massive phases. All through the week in Acapulco, he motioned to followers in attendance to get loud after he hit a terrific shot or grinded out a protracted level. The Italian confirmed nice selection, particularly along with his artful one-handed backhand.
After every of his important draw victories in Mexico, Musetti fell to the court docket in celebration. That must be no shock given a month and a half in the past, the teenager acquired a tattoo on his left tricep of a heartbeat with a tennis racquet within the center.
“I actually like successful,” Musetti stated. “And I don’t like dropping.”
Musetti will now put together to compete in the primary draw of the Miami Open offered by Itau. However the Italian will always remember the Acapulco run that propelled him into the High 100.
“That is the most effective week of my life.”