Italian Lorenzo Musetti is one of the rapidly growing teenagers in the men’s tennis world. He has been creating records since he entered the ATP Tour. In a row, the 19-year-old will now make his debut at the Barcelona Open. Meanwhile, NextGen revealed that he switched his idol from Rafael Nadal to Roger Federer for his one-handed backhand.
In a recent conversation with Marca, Lorenzo Musetti replied to several questions. Within him was asked, who has been his idol?
“At first, my idol was Nadal, perhaps due to the fact of being left-handed and because as a child you like to see someone with their gestures on the court, who says “let’s go” … I have great respect for Rafa,” Musetti answered.
Italian continued, “Then I switched to Federer because I identify with his one-handed backhand. It is the GOAT for me because of what he has achieved and his elegant way of playing. He is a role model both on and off the track.” (Quotes Have Been Translated Into English Via Google Translator)
“It Was A Great Day For Me”: Lorenzo Musetti on Training With Roger Federer
In addition to this, Musetti was also asked, had had the chance to meet Swiss Maestro? Italian said that he met and trained with his idol, Roger Federer, during the 2020 Australian Open in Melbourne.
Lorenzo replied, “Yes, I was warming him up last year for a game at the Australian Open. It is an indelible memory because we trained at the Rod Laver Arena. It was fascinating for me to meet the one who is my idol.”
“It all came through Ljubicic, who knows my coach and speaks Italian. He asked me the day before, around ten at night, if he could train with Roger. Of course, I was free because I had lost in the previous and had signed as a ‘lucky loser’. It was a great day for me,” Musetti added.
At the Barcelona Open 2021, Lorenzo Musetti will face Spaniard Feliciano Lopez in his opening encounter on Pista Rafael Nadal court.