Stan Wawrinka is defeated in Rome by qualifier Lorenzo Musetti with 0: 6, 6: 7. Could the young Italian become the new big star in tennis?
What was going on with Stan Wawrinka? After his sensational return to the tour (tournament victory in Prague), the Swiss failed on Tuesday at the start of the Masters 1000 tournament in Rome in the first round. And then another qualifier. The three-time Grand Slam winner gave the first set 0: 6, before losing in the second in the tie-break.
But the defeat can only partially be attributed to Wawrinka’s performance. Because on the other side was Lorenzo Musetti, one of the most talented newcomers in tennis. The Italian, who was already in the junior final of the US Open, celebrated his very first victory on the ATP tour against Wawrinka. The way Musetti brought this in is impressive. Convince yourself with the following ATP highlight clip:
Wawrinka as a backhand model
He has not yet realized the victory, said Musetti after the “unbelievable” match in his first winner interview. “Stan was one of my role models because of his one-handed backhand,” the world number 249 reveals.
Next, the shooting star meets a similarly big number in Rome: Kei Nishikori. The Japanese should also have a lot of trouble with the 18-year-old child prodigy. Could Musetti become the new big star in the tennis world?