Musetti shocks top seed Evans in Sardegna

The 19-year-old pulled off another brilliant result as he knocked out the top seed on the clay at the Sardegna Open

Lorenzo Musetti in Rome in 2020

Italian teenager Lorenzo Musetti sprang a huge shock at the Sardegna Open as he saved four match points to knock out top seed Dan Evans 6-1, 1-6, 7-6(8) to move on to the quarter-finals.

In a topsy-turvy match that lasted over two hours, the 19-year-old won the first set resoundingly before Evans won the second by the same score.

And the third went to a tie-break, with the British No 1 taking a 6-3 lead before letting it slip. Musetti saved four match points, and Evans had to save two – but lost the third on his own serve.

Musetti’s win follows a good week at the Miami Open, where he beat Michael Mmoh and 23rd seed Benoit Paire in straight sets, plus a run to the semi-finals in Acapulco.

The Italian now has 12 victories on tour – seven of which have come against players ranked in the Top 35.

He next faces either Laslo Djere or John Millman.

Evans, however, is experiencing a tricky run of form in singles, with first-round exits in both Miami and Dubai. He has been doing better on the doubles court, enjoying a run to the Miami final with compatriot Neal Skupski.

Perhaps his seeding in Cagliari was a surprise in itself – he has not won a match on clay since Rome in 2019.

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