Koepfer, shoulder injury end Musetti’s run at Rome Masters
- 18 Sep 2020
Both of the Italian teenagers left in the Internazionali BNL d’Italia saw their journeys come to an end on Friday. Following Jannik Sinner’s third-round loss to Grigor Dimitrov, Lorenzo Musetti went away quietly in the form of a 6-4, 6-0 setback against Dominik Koepfer.
Musetti, just 18 years old, had made a brilliant run to the third round by beating Stan Wawrinka and Kei Nishikori after qualifying just to get into the main draw. But suddenly he found himself as a favorite against a fellow qualifier, so the situation was much different. A should injury that popped up following the first set did not help, and Musetti was unable to provide almost any resistance throughout the second.
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Koepfer’s reward is a quarterfinal showdown against Novak Djokovic. The world No 1 battled through a competitive contest against Filip Krajinovic, prevailing 7-6(7), 6-3 over his fellow Serb in two hours and seven minutes.
“Koepfer is tough–he’s a hard worker; lefty,” Djokovic assessed. “Hopefully I’ll start off better than I did today.”