Inspiring praise from an Italian tennis legend for Lorenzo Musetti

Italian tennis legend Nicola Pietrangeli said of 20-year-old Lorenzo Musetti that he “played like a champion” in his match against Carlos Alcaraz, and that the sky is the limit for the young Italian. Musetti defeated Alcaraz, who was ranked fifth, in the final of Hamburg on Sunday. Musetti won 6-4, 6-7 (6), 6-4.

With his victory in Hamburg, Musetti climbed to a new career-high position in the rankings at No. 31. He’s the best Italian tennis player, according to me,” Pietrangeli told ANSA. Highly technical and playing less with power sets him apart from the pack and brings to mind players from my era, so he has my undying admiration.

Fantastic. There are no limits to his potential; he reminds me of us seasoned players.

Musetti beat Alcaraz with a champion performance, according to Pietrangeli.

Musetti had five match points in the second set, but he lost them all. He came back mentally in the third set, though, and won in straight sets.

I gave Musetti a call to give him my compliments,” Pietrangeli said. Surely I uttered the word “bravo” ten times. Absolutely phenomenal. In other words, he gave a champion performance. Musetti came to Hamburg looking for his first victory on the main circuit since early May.

Musetti won his first ATP tournament in Hamburg, ending a losing streak of six matches on the main tour. Musetti continued, “I appreciate all the sacrifices that my family [made] and all the hard work that I put in with my team, for me, for my team, for my family, for my friends, and for the people who really love me.”

I plan to keep going and, God willing, keep going like this for a while. In 2021, Musetti made his grand slam debut at the French Open, where he advanced all the way to the round of 16. Musetti was up two sets to none against Novak Djokovic in the fourth round of the French Open before retiring in the fifth set. After a slump following his 2021 French Open run, Musetti is once again producing impressive results.