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'Roger Federer is my favourite player - I grew up watching the Rafael Nadal rivalry,' says teenage sensation

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Roger Federer is the 'reference' for Italian teenage sensation Lorenzo Musetti, he has revealed.

Musetti has started to make a breakthrough in recent weeks, although he is not a surprise name given he won the 2019 Boys' title at the Australian Open in 2019.

Has there been one player who has influenced him above all others, though?

“Roger Federer has always been my favourite player, he's my reference, and continues to be,” Musetti told Esquire Italia.

When asked who he admired most, Musetti replied: “Roger [Federer]. “I grew up watching the rivalry between him and Rafael Nadal.

"And when they ask me what my dream final would be, I always answer against Roger at Wimbledon."

Musetti also gave an insight into his upbringing so far, and the important role his coach Simone Tartarini has played.

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"Thanks to my father who works in a marble company in Carrara. I started playing a bit with him at my grandmother's basement when I was four years old.

"It quickly became more serious and when I was eight they took me to the club in La Spezia, where I took part in team matches.

"That's where I met Simone Tartarini, who was first my teacher and then became my coach. It's thanks to him that I became a player.

"Patrick Mouratoglou's academy has also been important since they often welcomed me for practice weeks there.

"But I have to say it again: If I become a great player, it will be a hundred per cent thanks to Coach Tartarini."

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