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I All the time Completed the Match with a Lesson

By Chris Oddo | @TheFanChild | Wednesday July 10, 2024

Lorenzo Musetti turned the fourth Italian man to succeed in a Wimbledon semifinalo on Wednesday, edging previous American Taylor Fritz in a tense, back-and-forth tussle, 3-6, 7-6(5), 6-2, 3-6, 6-1.

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At 22, the World No.25 has a world of massive match expertise, even when most of it has come on the clay. He hopes that high-stakes battle with the likes of Novak Djokovic, Carlos Alcaraz and others have ready him for his subsequent huge problem: a semifinal with seven-time Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic on Centre Court docket on Friday.

“I’ve had many, many robust losses,” the 22-year-old stated on Wednesday after his breakthrough win. “I feel I made, after all, a step ahead within the maturity and expertise. In all probability that losses with all huge champions made me suppose, made me work tougher.”

For many who didn’t count on Musetti to nonetheless be on this draw at this stage of Wimbledon, be part of the membership. The Italian entered the grass season with a 6-7 general file on the floor, however one thing has clicked for him in 2024. After his win over Fritz he’s now 12-2 on grass for the season.

How has he accomplished it?

He says selection has helped him take management of his one-dimensional opponents that would like to play one model.

“It is definitely one thing that I am actually engaged on,” he says. “Since I used to be a child, I all the time did not love to do the identical stuff on the courtroom, to not be, as an instance, mono-automatic on the courtroom. In all probability it is a good assistance on grass, and I am utilizing it this week.”

One other enchancment that Musetti has made is his angle. He has talked repeatedly of the enhancements he has made in that division.

“I feel previously weeks, ranging from Stuttgart, I began to really feel extra steady on that, on the angle. Even at this time [against Fritz] I’ve to thank myself for the angle that I had, particularly shedding the primary set in not, say, a constructive manner the place I did not really feel my serve rather well. I did not really feel the ball. I used to be just a little bit nervous. Then instantly with a constructive angle I modified all my mindset, and in addition the sensation with the ball was higher. In order that’s in all probability what I’ve to do within the subsequent spherical additionally.”

Although he’ll be the heavy underdog in opposition to Djokovic but once more, Musetti says that the losses he has had in opposition to the 24-time main champion are solely making him stronger. He has received simply one in all their six matches, however has notably taken the Serbian legend to 5 units twice at Roland-Garros, together with this yr within the third spherical.

All that follow has made him a greater participant, he says.

“I’ve to say with Nole, after the match I all the time completed with a lesson,” Musetti stated. “After all, the final match was actually an intense match from each gamers and a extremely worrying match. Towards him you might be in all probability extra careworn as a result of he is in all probability the very best participant ever, or probably the greatest gamers ever.

“You stroll on courtroom with a special mentality. As I stated earlier than, I feel if I play in a sure manner, I may have my shot within the subsequent spherical.”

Sarah Thompson
Sarah Thompson
Sarah Thompson, an expert in tennis and golf, has covered numerous Grand Slam tournaments and PGA Tours. Her sharp analysis and player insights are a staple of her reporting. Sarah loves playing recreational tennis and is an avid golfer who enjoys weekend rounds with friends.


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