Hamburg, backhand, Federer, Monte-Carlo: Everything you always wanted to know about Lorenzo Musetti (but never had time to find out) – updated after Djokovic win in Monte-Carlo

Italian Lorenzo Musetti is back in the headlines after beating world No 1 Novak Djokovic in Monte-Carlo. Here is everything you need to know about the Italian

Lorenzo Musetti Lorenzo Musetti in Rome (Panoramic)

Who is Lorenzo Musetti?

Lorenzo Musetti is a professional tennis player from Italy. He plays right-handed and turned pro in 2019.

Why is Musetti in the news?

Musetti recently defeated world No 1 Novak Djokovic 4-6, 7-5, 6-4 in the round of 16 at the 2023 Monte-Carlo Masters on April 13, 2023 for the biggest win of his career.

The win moves him into the quarter-finals of an ATP Masters Series event for only the second time in his career (first was at the Paris Masters in 2022).

Is Lorenzo Musetti playing in the Next Gen Finals?

Currently, Musetti is sitting third in the race for the Next Gen Finals, and looks on-track to qualify for the eight-man event for a third successive year. Last year, the Italian won his first round-robin match, beating Chun-Tsin Tseng but then lost to Dominic Stricker and Jack Draper to finish in third position in the Red Group with a 1-2 record.

What did Musetti do at the Hamburg Open in 2022?

Musetti defeated Dusan Lajovic, Emil Ruusuvuori, Alejandro Davidovich Fokina and Francisco Cerundolo to reach the final of the ATP 500 Hamburg European Open.

In the final, he defeated world No 6 Carlos Alcaraz 6-4, 6-7 (6-8), 6-4 to capture his first ATP singles title and climb to a new career-high ranking of No 31.

How many ATP Tour titles has Lorenzo Musetti won?

Two. He followed up his win in Hamburg by winning his second career title in Naples in October, 2022, beating fellow Italian Matteo Berrettini in the final.

What is his highest career ranking?

Musetti climbed to a career-high ranking of No 15 on June 26, 2023. You can find his current ranking and his ranking history on his ATP Tour profile page.

Why did Lorenzo Musetti retire against Novak Djokovic at Roland-Garros in 2021?

Playing in the fourth round of the Grand Slam for the first time, Musetti took a two-sets-to-love lead against world No 1 Novak Djokovic at Roland-Garros. But Musetti failed to pull off the massive upset and also fell short of completing the match. Musetti called it quits after three hours and 27 minutes with Djokovic leading 6-7(7), 6-7(2), 6-1, 6-0, 4-0.

The Italian had taken a break before the fifth set for some apparent back treatment, but he said afterward that he did not have any specific injury. Instead he gave the following explanation for his retirement.

“No, no, no, it’s not an injury. It’s, well, just a little bit of cramps and a little bit of low back pain. I was not anymore able to win a point, and so was not really… grateful also for the crowd that was there, so I decided to retire. There was no chance that I could win a point, so I decided to retire because I think it was the best thing to do it.”

How old is Lorenzo Musetti?

Lorenzo Musetti was born on March 3, 2002, in Carrara, Italy, which currently makes him 21 years old.

Who are his family?

His parents are Francesco, a marble producer, and Sabrina, a secretary. Musetti lists his grandfather as his hero.

When did Musetti start playing tennis?

He began playing tennis at the age of four, and his greatest inspiration is Roger Federer.

When did Lorenzo Musetti turn pro?

Musetti turned pro in 2019 after a successful junior career in which he won the 2019 Australian Open boys singles title and was ranked No 1 in the world later that same year.

Who is Musetti’s coach?

Musetti is coached by Simone Tartarini. They began working together when Musetti was just seven years old. Tartarini describes his young charge this way: “Lorenzo has always been a very talented boy.”

How tall is Lorenzo Musetti?

Musetti is 6ft 1in tall, according to his official ATP profile.

How much prize money has he won over the course of his career?

His current prize money total as of July 26, 2023 was more than $4,175,000 million for singles and doubles combined. You can find his current prize money stats on his ATP Tour profile page.

What would he do if he were not a tennis player?

Musetti says he would like to be an actor, and admires the work of Al Pacino. However, he would also make a good model, having already found himself on the cover of the Italian version of Esquire magazine in 2020.

Is Musetti on social media?

Yes, he has an Instagram account with more than a quarter of a million followers.

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