Novak Djokovic says he ‘really likes’ how Lorenzo Musetti played after he set up a French Open clash with the youngster.
Djokovic was close to his brutally dominant best as he beat Ricardas Berankis 6-1, 6-4, 6-1 in the third round on Saturday.
The win means he will play his first match against teenage ace Musetti on Monday, although he has practiced with him before.
He, though, believes the hype surrounding the 19-year-old was fair, and he knows he will have to be at his best again to beat him.
“I really like how he plays,” Djokovic told reporters. “He’s got a lot of firepower from both forehand and backhand.
“He can play with a lot of spin. He’s got a great feel, come to the net. He can play short balls, dropshots. He can flatten out his serve. He can open up with a good kick and slice. He’s got a real all-around game.
“There is no question I have to go out playing on a high level, because he will not have much to lose.
“I’m sure he’s gonna come out and really try to play the tennis of his life playing on one of the two big courts.”
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