Despite having a panic attack during his semifinal match in Florence, Italian tennis great Lorenzo Musetti refused to give up due of the support of his countrymen. In the Florence semifinal on Saturday, Felix Auger-Aliassime faced up against Musetti, the home favorite.
Musetti’s attempt to go to his second final of the year was unsuccessful as Auger-Aliassime won easily, 6-2, 6-3. “I’ve never experienced panic attacks, but you can’t get over it in the middle of the game.
I didn’t want to quit since it didn’t seem fair to the people who came to see me, Musetti remarked after his defeat, according to Eurosport Italia. It takes time to get back to normal.
How Musetti was defeated by Auger-Aliassime
In the first four games of the match, there were no break points because both players consistently held on to their serves.
The sixth game saw Auger-Aliassime score his first break of the match to take a 4-2 lead. In the seventh game, Musetti had two straight break points but failed to capitalize as Auger-Aliassime seized a 5-2 lead. When Musetti was serving to stay in the opening set in the eighth game, Auger-Aliassime broke for the second time to win the game.
In the second set, a similar situation occurred when the players were deadlocked at two games each until Auger-Aliassime won the following three games to take a 5-2 lead. Musetti served out the eighth game to reduce the lead to 5-3, but little else changed because Auger-Aliassime won the next game to end the match.
“We got off to a great start, playing at a really high level. I knew I had to play my best tennis to win because he was playing such incredible tennis. That’s what I believe I accomplished tonight, a very comprehensive and reliable display of tennis. After defeating Musetti, Auger-Aliassime expressed his happiness and excitement for tomorrow.