Lorenzo Musetti has reached the third round of Roland Garros and is continuing his incredible breakthrough season targeting a top 50 place.
Musetti is largely tipped as one of the future stars of the sport, with many comparing the 19-year-old Italian to a young Roger Federer due to his creative style of play.
After starting the year ranked 129th, the youngster had a target to reach the top 100, but he has already surpassed that, reaching 76th, and his current progress at the French Open will move him closer to 65th or higher.
This season he has so far he has reached the semi-finals in both Acapulco and Lyon as well as scoring wins over players such as Diego Schwartzman, Grigor Dimitrov and Dan Evans and the Italian wants the momentum to continue.
"This year I found a little bit of rhythm, of results. I’m playing [well] almost every week and I’m going forward and making a lot of points,” Musetti said.
“I’m enjoying this moment and I hope that it never ends.”
Musetti defeated Yoshihito Nishioka in the second round of Roland Garros, a player he lost to just last month at Parma and he said that experience helped him.
"Today was absolutely not easy. I think the loss of last week helped me a lot to understand the way that I had to play with Nishioka, and he is really tough,” Musetti said.
“The first set was really difficult to win. I had some issues… it was not easy to come back, but I was strong enough, especially on the mental part also today. I think I’ve grown up a little bit and I’m proud of what I’m doing.”
On his rise up the rankings, Musetti says he's surprised himself how quickly he's progressed and he believes he can push even higher.
“I didn’t expect that I was going so fast like this and break the Top 100 was my goal for sure,” Musetti admitted.
“Now I have different goals, to try to finish the year Top 50 and I think I can do it. I hope it’s going to be soon. I hope to go as far as I can here and then thinking about Wimbledon and other tournaments after the French Open.”
Musetti will play countryman Marco Cecchinato for a spot in the fourth round.
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