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The Italian is looking for his first final on the surface this week

June 21, 2024

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Lorenzo Musetti is looking for his third ATP Tour title this week at the cinch Championships at Queen’s.
By Staff

When Lorenzo Musetti’s shots flow, tennis reaches another dimension. The Italian climbed this Friday to the penultimate round of the cinch Championships clinging to total inspiration, with the aim of closing the week touching the biggest trophy of his career. After reaching the semi-finals in Stuttgart and London, demonstrating an absolute understanding with the grass, the Azzurri wants to justify the attributes that place him as one of the main future names in the ATP Tour locker room.

The No. 30 in the PIF ATP Rankings had to dress as an antihero in the British capital, defeating local Billy Harris 6-3, 7-5 to place himself among the last four candidates for the cup. Musetti opened his range of blows to control an effective match, scoring victory without giving up a turn of service and marking the difference with a set break. The Italian kept 85% of the points with first serve as a great compelling argument towards the semifinals.

Musetti continues to have a week of enormous personal weight, where the height of the challenges has not stopped his blows at any time. The Italian, who survived in the decisive round in his first two matches, removing the current runner-up Alex de Minaur in his landing in the tournament, arrives at the hot rounds with his shots well oiled. Now, the figure of Jordan Thompson, two-time finalist on grass, appears on the path.

The Australian resolved the first match of the day with determination, surprising the American Taylor Fritz 6-4, 6-3 in just 80 minutes of play. Thompson imposed his knowledge of the surface to nullify the fourth seed, unable to generate a single breaking ball en route to elimination. Musetti dominates the Lexus ATP Head2Head record 1-0 over the aussiewhom he defeated this season on the slopes of Adelaide.

Harris has completed a dream week by reaching the quarterfinals on the ATP Tour for the first time. The Briton, who secured the best position of his career as No. 139 in the PIF ATP Live Rankings, will continue to experience strong emotions at 29 years old on the circuit. The one from Nottingham will focus his thoughts on the All England Club in Wimbledon where, thanks to an invitation from the tournament, he will make his debut in the final draw of a Grand Slam.

Did you know…?
Lorenzo Musetti aspires to become the third Italian player to reach the individual final on grass at the cinch Championships at Queen’s. At 22 years old, the Carrera tennis player can follow in the footsteps of his compatriots Laurence Tieleman (1998) and Matteo Berrettini (2021-22), the only champion sky blue in the entire history of the tournament.


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