Lorenzo Musetti talks about the difficulties he overcame to defeat Carlos Alcaraz in Hamburg.

Lorenzo Musetti said he got food poisoning and lost his luggage after arriving in Hamburg. Musetti, who didn’t make it past the first round of the Hamburg main draw, was supposed to play in the qualifying tournament before being moved up to the main draw due to a player withdrawal.

Musetti was given two extra days to return his rackets due to his exemption from the qualifying event, but he ended up getting food poisoning and missing the rest of the tournament. Musetti’s run to the Hamburg final, where he defeated Carlos Alcaraz to win his first ATP title, turned around a season that looked doomed to end in failure.

After traveling from Bastad on Thursday, Musetti reported to the ATP website that “one of my luggage [bags] got lost” due to the strikes. It was the racket version, and I was apprehensive about how I would fare in the competition because I was still in qualifying.

After entering [the main draw], I was able to retrieve the rackets. Before the matches started, I spent the entire night puking. I felt a little off because of the food poisoning I’d gotten. I’m glad that my luck changed at this tournament because I didn’t think I’d get this far.

Musetti had a week that ranks among his best ever.

Musetti is currently ranked No. 3 in the world and came into this week as the ATP champion. After defeating the No. 5 seed Alcaraz in the ATP final, Musetti said winning the tournament felt like a “dream.”

I feel like I’m living a dream. Musetti continued, “Obviously I always wanted to win a title, and I didn’t have any chances before.” In 2021, Musetti made his first deep tournament run, advancing all the way to the round of 16 at the French Open before retiring from his match against Novak Djokovic in the fifth set.

After the 2021 French Open and the beginning of 2022, Musetti had some difficulties with his game, but he is currently playing some of his best tennis ever.