From the concrete of Acapulco to the dirt of Hamburg. Despite suffering six straight losses on the major circuit, with only a victory in the Forli Challenger in between, Lorenzo Musetti gave in to the week’s signs of recovery and, fifteen months later, stunned Alejandro Davidovich Fokina to return to the top four in a tournament in the ‘500’ category.
A finalist this year in Monte-Carlo, the experienced Spaniard gave the talented Italian his third straight German cavalcade victim after Dusan Lajovic and Emiil Ruusuvuori with a 6-4, 6-3 victory.
After a nearly flawless first set and a 4-1 lead to be guarded in the second, the Italian tennis player — who commands the affair from the baseline and who also handles the serve turnovers in an extraordinarily tidy manner — loses one of his two break leads along the way and is forced to draft the final piece of the victory in a less comfortable situation than expected.
At 4-3, the Italian filed the’service’ obstacle, also complicit in some smudging on the part of a rather nervous opponent, and with a perfect answering turn, he prevented Davidovich from facing 5-4 with the serve in his possession.
In the semi-finals of the Hamburg ‘500,’ he’ll face Francisco Cerundolo, who also won in Bastad. However, the Argentine tennis player needs the stroardinarians to break down the resistance of Aslan Karatsev, who does not take advantage even on two occasions of a break lead in the deciding set, after taking a beating from Andrey Rublev.
The match lasts over two days and ends with a score of 6-3, 4-6, 7-6(4).
Musetti reaches his fourth career major circuit semi-final.
This is the first of a very challenging season, but it will be Musetti’s fourth career semi-final on the major circuit.
As a result of his victory, the Italian will once again reach the highest rung of the rankings, regardless of the outcome of his semifinal match against Andy Murray. Should he go on to win the tournament, he will vault into the Top 30. Images courtesy of Getty Images