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Lorenzo Musetti becomes the youngest ATP Tour player in the top 100



Italian Next Gen star Lorenzo Musetti has broken into the top 100 for the first time in his career at world number 94. 

The 19-year player from Carrara has improved his best ranking by 26 spots from from world number 120 to number 94 after reaching his first ATP 500 semifinal at the Abierto Mexicano Telcel in Acapulco as a qualifier. He becomes the youngest player in the top 100. 

In Acapulco Musetti won three qualifying matches before scoring three-set wins over number 3 seed Diego Schwartzman and Frances Tiafoe. In the quarter final he won his sixth match of the week against Grigor Dimitrov on his seventh match point. 

“It’s a dream come true. Since I was a kid, I hoped and I dreamed to be one day top 100 and to enter world number 100. Finally I got. It‘s incredible. It’s really tough to describe how I feel now. A lot of my goals have come true tonight. I performed really well and I am proud of myself. It was the best week of my life. I came here to playing qualifying and of course I wanted to get through it and gain some points and experience. I did not expect to reach the semifinals here. I am really excited about this and about how I am playing”. said Musetti. 

Musetti started the 2020 season ranked world number 357 at the start of the 2020 season and world number 280 when the tour resumed last August after the five-month shutdown. 

He made a major breakthrough at the Rome Internazionali BNL d’Italia last September when he reached the third round at a Masters 1000 tournament for the first time in his career after claiming wins over top ten players Stan Wawrinka and Kei Nishikori. He became the first player born in 2002 to win an ATP Tour match and the youngest player to reach the Rome third round since Fabrice Santoro in 1991. 

Musetti defeated four top 100 players to win his first Challenger Tour title in Forlì. Three weeks later he became the world number 1 junior after winning the 2019 Australian Open boys’ singles title and reaching the 2018 US US Open boys’ singles final. 

Musetti has been nicknamed “Museratti” by US tennis coach and former player Brad Gilbert, who compared the young Italian player to a Maserati car. 

Italian tennis has nine players in the top 100 for the first time in history. Matteo Berrettini ended two consecutive seasons in 2019 and 2020 in the top 10 and achieved his career-high number 8 in 2019 to become highest-ranked Italian player since Corrado Barazzutti in 1978. Fabio Fognini became the first Italian player in history to win a Masters 1000 title in Monte-Carlo in 2019 and is still ranked world number 17. Jannik Sinner has improved his career-high to world number 31 after reaching the quarter final in Dubai. Lorenzo Sonego reached the final in Vienna after beating Novak Djokovic in the semifinal last year and is now ranked world number 34. The other players ranked inside the top 100 are Stefano Travaglia (world number 70), Salvatore Caruso (85), Marco Cecchinato (90), Musetti (94) and Andreas Seppi (97). 

The 2021 edition of the Next Gen Finals in Milan could feature two Italian rising stars Jannik Sinner (winner of this tournament) and Lorenzo Musetti. 

Sinner praised Musetti and predicted a great future for his younger competriot. 

“Musetti is a big talent. He can do everything with the ball, so he is already physically strong. I think he is a great player”. 

Musetti has been coached by Simone Tartarini since the start of his career. He considers Tartarini as his second father. 

“Acapulco was a dream week. Now Lorenzo is in the top 100. It’s amazing. My heart is dead. No it’s important because we changed the schedule for the next month. It’s the first time Lorenzo has the possibility to enter the main draw of a Grand Slam. I have worked with Lorenzo for ten years. Lorenzo is a son to me. I have two sons in Italy, and Lorenzo is another son. I am another father to him. For me, Lorenzo is family”, said Simone Tartarini.

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Rafael Nadal To Play Laver Cup In Berlin



Rafael Nadal has eased speculation that he might be retiring from the sport soon after signing on to play in the Laver Cup later this year. 

The 22-time Grand Slam champion is the latest player to join the line-up for this year’s team competition which features Europe taking on the rest of the world over three days. It will be Nadal’s fourth appearance in the competition and his first since 2022. He competed in the inaugural edition of the event back in 2017 alongside co-founder Roger Federer. 

“I am very happy to be playing Laver Cup in Berlin for Team Europe,” Nadal said in a press release. “I have some really special memories from my Laver Cup experiences, including all the emotions from London two years ago playing alongside Roger for the last time.”

Nadal’s decision to play comes amid questions about his future in the sport. The former world No.1 has previously indicated that this year could be his last on the Tour but he has stated that no decision has been made. In recent months he has been sidelined from action due to injury setbacks and has only been able to play in two tournaments so far this year. 

“At this stage in my career I really want to go out there and make the most of every opportunity I am given,” he explains.
“Teaming up is always an incredible experience and I have always enjoyed it, the competition is different and exciting. I’m looking forward to going to Berlin and helping Team Europe win back the Laver Cup.”

Other European players confirmed to be playing are Carlos Alcaraz, Daniil Medvedev and Alexander Zverev. Meanwhile, Alex de Minaur, Taylor Fritz and Tommy Paul have agreed to play for Team World. This year’s event will be held in Belin at the Uber Arena between September 20-22. 

The Laver Cup was inspired by golf’s Ryder Cup. It was co-founded by Federer’s Team8 management company (which he formed with agent Tony Godsick), businessman Jorge Paulo Lemann and Tennis Australia. In 2019 it became an official ATP sanction event and now has a place on the official calendar. 

Nadal is set to return to competitive action at the Madrid Masters which he has won on five previous occasions. He has been drawn to play teenage wild card Darwin Blanch in the first round. If he wins, Nadal will then play Alex de Minaur who knocked him out of the Barcelona Open last week. 

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Iga Swiatek beats Emma Raducanu to extend her winning streak to ten consecutive matches in Stuttgart



Two-time defending champion Iga Swiatek held off 2021 US Open champion Emma Raducanu 7-6 (7-2) 6-3 after 2 hours and 3 minutes to extend her winning streak to 10 consecutive matches at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart. 

Swiatek set up a semifinal match against 2022 Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina, who came back from a break down in the third set to beat this year’s Dubai champion Jasmine Paolini.

Raducanu came back from 0-40 down to earn the first break of the opening set. Swiatek converted her third break point in the second game in a seven-deuce second game. Raducanu saved the only other break point at deuce in the sixth game. Swiatek won the first four points and five of the first six points to win the tie-break 7-2. 

Swiatek earned five break points in the second, sixth and in the 12thgame, but she converted only one opportunity. Raducanu converted her only break point in the first game. Swiatek won nine more points than Swiatek. 

Swiatek broke Raducanu in the second game to open up a 2-0 lead. This break was decisive, as both players held on their next serve in their next games. 

Swiatek earned six break points in the third, fifth and ninth games, but she converted one chance. The Pole did not face a single break point and won eight more points than Raducanu.

“Raducanu started playing at the beginning pretty loose, like she had nothing to lose, and I totally get that. Sometimes it is like that. I knew I was questioning if she is going to be able to keep the same intensity throughout the whole match. It was not about service games or return games. I was just waiting for my chances to break back and I was sure that I am going to get them”, said Swiatek.

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Stefanos Tsitsipas beats Sebastian Ofner in Barcelona to extend his winning streak



Stefanos Tsitsipas beat Sebastian Ofner 6-4 7-5 at the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell to extend his winning streak to seven consecutive matches after claiming his third title at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters last week. 

Tsitsipas earned an immediate break in the first game. Ofner broke straight back to draw level to 1-1. Tsitsipas earned his second break  in the seventh game to take a 4-3 lead and served out the first set 6-4 with a hold at 15. 

Tsitsipas broke in the fifth game to take a 3-2 lead. Ofner won three consecutive games with two breaks of serve to take a 5-3 lead. Tsitsipas came back by winning four consecutive games with two breaks of serve to seal the second set 7-5.

Tsitsipas has a record of 17 wins to 5 defeats in Barcelona. The Greek player reached three finals at this tournament in 2018, 2021 and 2023.  

“I feel pretty good, but it is still early in the tournament. The conditions here are very different to Monte-Carlo and I felt it today when I was playing. My job is to adapt and to ensure I can bring my A game again in Barcelona this week. Today was a great test to see where I stand. I am hoping to keep on improving and getting good wins like this under my belt”, said Tsitsipas. 

Tsitssipas set up a third round match against Roberto Carballes Baena, who beat Lorenzo Musetti 7-6 (7-4) 6-4 in 2 hours and 15 minutes. 

Musetti saved three break points in the first game of the opening set. The Italian player earned two break points with a backhand down the line. Musetti saved two break points in the seventh game. Both players went on serve un the 12th game when Carballes Baena saved a set point. Carballes Baena went up a 5-1 lead with two mini-breaks in the tie-break. Musetti won three consecutive points to reduce to 4-5. Carballes Baena won the final two points to take the tie-break 7-4. 

Carballes Baena converted his fourth break point in the fourth game to take a 3-1 lead. Musetti broke back in the fifth game. Carballes Baena saved a break point in the sixth game. The Spanish player sealed the win with a break on his second match. 

Last week’s Monte-Carlo finalist Casper Ruud beat Alexandre Muller 6-3 6-4 to claim his 25th tour-level win of the season. Ruud has drawn level with Jannik Sinner for the most wins in 2024 on the ATP Tour. 

Ruud set up a third round match against Jordan Thompson, who beat Jaume Munar 6-4 2-4 6-4. Roberto Bautista Agut beat Andrea Vavassori 4-6 6-4 6-1 to claim his milestone 400th match win on the ATP Tour. Bautista Agut set up a third round match against Cameron Norrie. 

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