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Lorenzo Musetti looks back to his breakthrough season



Italian teenager Lorenzo Musetti made a major breakthrough in this 2020 season ravaged by the covid-19 pandemic. One year after Jannik Sinner’s triumph at the Next Gen Finals in Milan Musetti grabbed the headlines, when he beat two former 10 players Stan Wawrinka in the first round and Kei Nishikori in the second round in back-to-back matches to reach the third round at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome last September. Musetti only dropped a total of 13 games across the two matches against Nishikori and Musetti. 


With his win over three-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka, Musetti became the first player born in 2002 to win an ATP match. 

“I have seen Stan playing on TV, and I know he is a tough player to beat. The first set was almost perfect. In the second set, he tried to play better and raise his level. He was focused and determined to win the set, but I served well, mixing those and finding the right angles. I think the serve was the key that propelled me through. I would put my victory over Wawrinka ahead of the one I scored against Nishikori. It was a surprise. I played great in the first set, and i think he did not expect it. Then in the second, he tried to come back, but I was good at holding up and winning the tie-break. I would certainly like to relive those moments at the Foro Italico”, said Musetti. 

Former world number 1 Jim Courier was impressed by Musetti. 

“This kid’s backhand is incredible”, said Courier, who broadcastd the match between Musetti and Wawrinka for Tennis Channel. 

The 2019 Australian Open Junior champion, who started the 2020 season from outside the top-350, became the first player born in 2002 to win an ATP Tour match and the youngest man to reach the Rome Masters third round since Fabrice Santoro in 1991. 

The 18-year-old Italian player entered the Rome Masters 1000 tournament as the World Number 249 and dropped one set in two of his three qualifying matches. 

Musetti followed in the footsteps of Jannik Sinner, who scored his first Masters 1000 match in the 2019 edition of the Rome Masters 1000 tournament beating Steve Johnson. 

Musetti lost against Germany’s Dominic Koepfer in the third round, but the Italian player continued his excellent period of form winning his ATP Challenger Tour title in Forlì after beating four top-100 players (Teymuraz Gabashvili, Frances Tiafoe, Andreas Seppi, Lloyd Harris and Thiago Monteiro). 

Musetti became the youngest semifinalist of the season at the Sardinia Open as a wildcard before retiring to right elbow injury. He rallied from 0-4 down to beat Yannick Hanfmann 6-2 6-4. 

“It was amazing. I was coming here and trying to go as far as I could, but I am living my best moment in Sardinia. I am playing my best tennis here. I was thinking of coming here and trying to go as far as I could. I think my great weeks in Rome and Forlì took me to the level of confidence to keep me at the playing level. I have learned more about how to manage match pressure and how to behave on the court”, said Musetti. 

Musetti began playing tennis at four. His father Francesco is a marble producer. His mother Sabrina is a secretary. The only coach of his career has been Simone Tartarini. He considers him as his second father and does not think he will ever change coaches. Roger Federer is Musetti’s role model. His favourite surface is clay, shot is forehand and tournament is Wimbledon. Musetti says that his best quality is that he is a hard worker. 

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Hamad Medjedovic wins the Next Gen Finals title in Jeddah



Hamad Medjedovic came back from one set down to beat Arthur Fils 3-4 (6-8) 4-1 4-2 3-4 (9-11) 4-1 after 2 hours and 11 minutes at the Next Gen ATP Finals at King Abdullah Sports City in Jeddah. 


Medjedovic hit 38 winners to 21 unforced errors. 

The first set went on serve en route to the tie-break. Medjedovic earned a mini-break to take a 3-2 lead and held two set points at 6-4, but he was not able to convert them. Fils won four consecutive points to win the tie-break 8-6. 

Medjedovic earned a break in the second game to win the second set 4-1. 

Medjedovic becomes the sixth Next Gen ATP Finals champion, joining top 10 players Stefanos Tsitsipas, Jannik Sinner and Carlos Alcaraz. The 20-year-old Serbian player is the lowest-ranked champion in tournament history. 

Medjedovic started the third set with an early break in the first game. The Serbian player held on his serve to seal the set 4-2. 

Medjedovic recovered from squandering two match points at 6-4 in a thrilling tie-break of the fourth set at 5-6 and 7-8. Fils saved both chances on second serves and won four of the next five points to win the tie-break 11-9 forcing the match to a deciding set. 

to win the first five-set final in tournament history. The Serbian player won 88% and converted his third match point to clinch the biggest title of his career so far. 

Medjedovic earned a break in the second game of the fifth set. Fils earned himself a penalty point for a smash of his raquet and went down 0-3. Medjedovic held on his next service games and converted his third match point. 

“Two of us from Serbia. Djokovic won the big Masters, the real one, and I won the Next Gen. Obviously it’s a huge thing and I am happy to follow in his footsteps in some way. I can’t believe I have won this title. It’s going to give me a lot of confidence for 2024. Arthur is an amazing player. He is top 40 for a reason”, said Medjedovic. 

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Elena Rybakina headlines a strong line-up in Adelaide



Elena Rybakina, Zheng Qinwen, Carolina Garcia and Angelique Kerber will highlight the Adelaide International, a WTA 500 tournament.


Rybakina reached the final at the Adelaide International on her tournament debut in 2022, losing to now retired Ashleigh Barty. Rybakina went on to win her first Grand Slam title at Wimbledon later last year. The Kazakh player finished runner-up to Aryna Sabalenka in the Australian Open final in 2023. 

Zheng won her first WTA 500 title in Zhengzhou and reached the final in Zhuhai, ending the 2023 season at a career-high of world number 15. 

Angelique Kerber will make her come-back to the WTA Tour at the United Cup before playing her first WTA draw in Adelaide. Kerber gave birth to her daughter Liana last February. The German player won titles at the 2016 Australian Open and in Sydney 2018 and reached in Sydney 2014 and in Brisbane 2018. 

Kerber is one of the three former number 1 players, who are making her come-back on the WTA Tour after giving birth to their children. 

Caroline Wozniacki lost to eventual champion Coco Gauff in the Round of 16 at the US Open in her third tournament back. 

Four-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka is planning to make her return next January after giving back to her child Shai last July. 

“It’s definitely way more tournaments than I used to play. So I think some people will be happy with that. I realized that I don’t know how the beginning of the year is going to go for me. I don’t know the level of player and I think I have to ease into it. At the very least, I will set myself up for a very good end of the year”, said Osaka.

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Arthur Fils beats Luca Van Assche in all-French semifinal at the Next Gen ATP Finals in Jeddah



World number 36 Arthur Fils beat his friend Luca Van Assche 2-4 4-1 4-3 (7-1) 4-3 (8-6) in an all-French clash after 1 hour and 37 minutes to reach the final at the Next Gen ATP Finals in Jeddah. 


Van Assche, who was born in Belgium but moved to Belgium when he was three years old, broke serve in the fifth game to take a 3-2 lead and served out the first set to 15. Van Assche won 12 of the last 14 points. 

Fils hit a couple of big forehands to earn three break points at 2-1 15-40. Van Assche saved one break point with a volley, but Fils converted his second chance to open up a 3-1 lead, as Van Assche netted a backhand. Fils served out with a hold at 15 to level the match at one set apiece. 

The first five games of the third set went on serve. Van Assche led 2-3 30-40 on Fils’serve to earn two set points. 

Fils saved them before racing out to a 5-0 lead. Van Assche won his first point with a forehand. Fils earned five set points and closed it out when Van Assche netted a backhand. 

Fils won 22 consecutive points on his first serve until 2-1 in the fourth set. Van Assche faced a match point at 2-3, but Van Assche saved it to force another tie-break. Fils opened up a 4-1 with a mini-break. Van Assche won three points to 4-4 before saving two match points at 4-6 and 5-6. Fils hit a forehand to earn a fourth match point and converted it when Van Assche sent a backhand over the baseline. 

Van Assche beat Fils in the boys’ singles final at 2021 Roland Garros. Fils won his first title in Lyon last May. 

“I played every point trying everything with my forehand, moving very good. I was very happy with the tie-break. Today was a tough match against a great friend. We have known each other since we were nine, so it was a little bit tough and I am happy with the win. I came onto the court with the mindset that I can win. The first set was tough, he was playing very good and defending so well, running very fast. I kept my focus and I am really happy with the win”, said Fils. 

Fils set up a final clash against Hamad Medjedovic, who advanced to the championships match, when Dominic Stricker was forced to withdraw in the second set due to a back injury in the semifinal. 

Medjedovic was leading 4-3 (7-5) 2-1 when Stricker walked to the net and ended the match. 

Medjedovic hit 12 winners to 3 unforced errors. The Serbian player won three matches in the round-robin group. 

Medjedovic won 93% of his first serve points in the first set. Stricker did not drop a point on his first serve. Medjedovic earned his only mini-break to seal the tie-break 7-5. 

Medjedovic earned an early break in the third game of the second set to take a 2-1 lead before Stricker retired from the match. 

Medjedovic reached two semifinals in Gstaad and Astana. He is coached by Viktor Troicki. Stricker advanced to the semifinals at the 2022 Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan. 

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