‘He disrespected me’ – Lorenzo Musetti explains bizarre celebration in Sardinia

Lorenzo Musetti has accused British number one Dan Evans of ‘disrespecting’ him during their Sardinia Open quarter-final.

Musetti got the best of top seed Evans 6-1, 1-6, 7-6 in a brilliant match-up, with the 19-year-old clearly delighted to pick up the win going by his celebration, which involved him throwing his racquet to the ground.

After the match, though, he suggested there may have been something more personal behind that after saying he was unhappy with some of Evans’ behaviour.

“There are respectful experienced players on the pitch. Others like Evans, they try to use my youth to shoot (win) matches,” said Musetti in his post-match press conference.

“But it’s all experience for me. Evans disrespected me. I don’t want to be treated like a young man.”

On the match itself, Musetti said: “It was really tough.

“I was 3-6 down in the tiebreak and he was playing good, always going to the net and always aggressive.

“I tried to stay calm and tried to play each point. That is what I did and it worked, so I am really happy and really proud of myself with this win.”

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