Italian Lorenzo Musetti aims for his first ATP tour


Tata Open Maharashtra: Italian Lorenzo Musetti aims for first ATP tour title in Pune, says ‘I want to regain confidence’ –Making his Maharashtra Open debut, Lorenzo Musetti will be keen to make his mark and win his first singles title at the fourth edition of South Asia’s only ATP 250 event to be held at Balewadi Stadium in Pune. .

The second seed will start as one of the main contenders for the singles title at the tournament which will see stiff competition with top players including world number 15 Aslan Karatsev and defending champion Jiri Vesely.

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The tournament, scheduled from January 31 to February 6, will be hosted by the Maharashtra State Lawn Tennis Association.

Tata Open Maharashtra: Italian Lorenzo Musetti aims for first ATP tour title in Pune, says ‘I want to regain confidence’

The 19-year-old suffered first-round defeats in the Adelaide 1 season opener and the Australian Open.

However, the Monte Carlo-based player said he will be looking to produce quality performances at the tournament and build momentum.
“I played two good games with two very good opponents. They showed they were playing the best tennis and both games were close,” Musetti told the media during a virtual press conference on Sunday.

“I’m here to win games. I will try to go as far as possible and get the confidence I had before,” he added.

A fan of Roger Federer, Musetti is one of the few players in the world with a strong one-handed backhand and he says it comes naturally.

Tata Open Maharashtra: Italian Lorenzo Musetti aims for first ATP tour title in Pune, says ‘I want to regain confidence’

He had an impressive 2021 in which he broke into the Top 100, made his Grand Slam debut and led two sets against world No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the French Open match, but has retired in the fifth set. He ranked this match as one of the best of his career.
“It helped me understand a lot of things like I can be at that level and get there with my game. It was especially helpful for a young player coming onto the tour. I hope to get to that level again and play a lot of games like that,” Musetti concluded.

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