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“Last year I was a boy, now I’m a man”: secrets revealed of Lorenzo Musetti’s new mindset

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Lorenzo Musetti – ATP Sofia 2023 (photo: Ivan Mrankov)

After his first-round win over Benjamin Bonzi Lorenzo Musetti opens up about his newfound balance between tennis, love and imminent fatherhood

It is never easy to joggle family and profession in our hyperkinetic era.  After reaching the second round of the Australian Open for the first time in his young career, Lorenzo Musetti is eager to open up about his life and how he has developed an optimistic vision of the future.

I’m very happy for my first victory at the Australian Open. Last year I was very disappointed when I was defeated in the fifth set after recovering from two sets down [in 2023 he lost in the first round to Lloyd Harris in the super tiebreak]. This year I took a two-set lead, then lost the third and was very good at recovering an initial break in the fourth. Today it wasn’t easy to play, it was hot, it was a very hot first day, then he’s a player who lets me do very little and the small court we played on didn’t help me.”

Could this win mean that the wavering results of last season definitely belong in the past?

I feel good now, I think I showed I have worked well in preparation, even if maybe I didn’t have the results I could have, especially in the match against Bublik [to whom Musetti lost in Adelaide after having match point]. I hope to bring a more mature Lorenzo in 2024, as a dad, I am preparing myself as best I can to find greater maturity in my tennis as well, not only outside. We’re working mainly on that, in addition to the technical aspects, of course. I hope I can take advantage of these three months in which I don’t have any results to defend in the standings.”

There have been two important changes in this off-season: he is now managed by IMG and former Italian Davis Cup Captain Corrado Barazzutti has joined his coaching team.   

Corrado has always cared for me, I chose him because I knew I could rely on him. He is not a mercenary who is driven by economic reasons or desire for fame. He is a man of passion and I believe he can bring a great contribution to our team in terms of experience. He has always had an excellent relationship with Simone [Tartarini, Musetti’s long-time coach], and now we have spent two weeks of preparation in Monte Carlo to integrate him into the daily work, I immediately saw that we are all on the same page. He’s a great motivator, he’s a person who can boost you up and motivate you.”

Lorenzo’ girlfriend, Veronica, is going to give birth to their first child in spring. How is the Italian 21-year-old going to tackle the double challenge of two simultaneous budding careers: tennis player and father?

“I think you have to be good at separating the two things, even if certainly in the past season I had many ‘firsts’, many choices involved by the transition from boy to man, many choices that will affect my life. However, when there is love, perhaps that’s the best ‘chemistry’: Veronica is my first supporter, thanks to her I found the motivation that I had slightly lost, not because of her, but because I had lost sight of the focus of my life, thinking a little too much about extra-tennis stuff.  I think it’s easy to understand why, I wasn’t ready for what happened, we weren’t ready, but now I think I’ve found my balance and the right path to follow.”

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Novak Djokovic Withdraws From Masters 1000 Event In Madrid

Novak Djokovic will miss the Masters 1000 event in Madrid and will look to build up his Roland Garros preparations in Rome.

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Novak Djokovic has withdrawn from the Masters 1000 event in Madrid as he aims for quality over quantity in his bid for Roland Garros glory.

The world number one has had a rough start to the season by his standards as he is yet to win a title this season after a semi-final defeat to Jannik Sinner at the Australian Open.

Djokovic was hoping a change of surface would bring a change of fortunes but the Serb was defeated in three sets in the semi-finals of Monte-Carlo.

Now it seems that result has made Djokovic rethink his schedule as the current Roland Garros champion has withdrawn from Madrid.

No official reason has been given although the news seems to be not that surprising given Djokovic’s history in the Spanish capital.

The Serb hasn’t played since 2022, where he was beaten by Carlos Alcaraz in the semi-finals, and has now won the title there for five years.

It looks like Djokovic will be putting his faith into more favourable conditions in Rome, which is the most similar to Roland Garros in terms of conditions.

Djokovic is a six-time champion in the Italian capital and will aim for a seventh title when he plays there on the 8th of May.

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Thanasi Kokkinakis Questions ‘Insane’ Drug Testing

Thanasi Kokkinakis has been tested three times within the last six days.

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Thanasi Kokkinakis has questioned persistent drug testing after he revealed he was tested three times in six days.

The Australian is in good form at the moment having won the Sarasota Challenger in Florida.

Kokkinakis claimed glory with a three set win over Zizou Bergs in the final as he continues to climb the rankings.

However that glory has been overshadowed by the fact that Kokkinakis has revealed he was drug tested three times within a six day period.

The world number 94 described it as ‘insane’ and it comes after Alexandre Muller complained of persistent drug testing after his recent defeats.

Doping has been a huge topic of conversations with Simona Halep losing two years of her career after testing positive after the US Open before the Court Of Arbitration For Sport shortened her case.

Kokkinakis will be hoping that this is the last time he has to deal with persistent drug testing as he continues his clay court season.

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Stefanos Tsitsipas Saves Two Match Points To Extend Winning Streak In Barcelona

Stefanos Tsitsipas survived a scare to reach the Barcelona semi-finals.

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Stefanos Tsitsipas saved two match points to defeat Facundo Diaz Acosta 4-6 6-3 7-6(8) in Barcelona.

The former finalist saved two match points against the inspired Argentinian as Tsitsipas reached the semi-finals.

It means Tsitsipas is 9-0 in the clay court season and has the chance to set up a potential rematch with Casper Ruud in the final.

The duo met in last week’s Monte-Carlo final where Tsitsipas claimed his third title in Monaco.

Speaking after the match Tsitsipas admitted it was difficult to sustain his level, “I was coming close [to losing] at certain moments in the match. It seemed like a mountain,” Tsitsipas stated to the ATP website.

“I reminded myself that I have a headband that I wear here that has a mountain and that I need to climb it, so it kept me going. It was difficult. It was extremely difficult to sustain the same level throughout the entire match and I think he played incredible.

“I think he left everything out there. He is a good clay-court player. He has a title on the ATP Tour for a reason and today it was a level he was able to bring out on the court that made it quite obvious.

“I got a little bit tense on my serve, I won’t lie. I think I started decelerating a lot, but once I got a hold of that I was conscious of that, it went back to where it belonged and helped me a lot in the tie-breaker because if I didn’t figure it out, I don’t know. It was very mental in general. I really had to go to uncomfortable places mentally and go over the limit at some point.”

Tsitsipas is currently seven in the world in the live rankings as the Greek is looking to claim his first title in Barcelona.

Next up for the Greek will be either Dusan Lajovic or Arthur Fils while Tomas Martin Etcheverry takes on Casper Ruud in the other semi-final.

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