Another positive day for Italy, with the Tuscan receiving compliments from Wilander: “In you I see Kuerten and Federer”
When Mats Wilander asked him what the secret of this winning Italy was, Lorenzo Musetti replied: “I don’t know, maybe about pasta?”. Jokes aside, even today in Paris Italy was great with three Italians in the 3rd round after the record of 11 men and women in the 2nd achieved yesterday. Lorenzo Musetti was the last to take the field against an Alexander Shevchenko who could have created many problems for him. The 22-year-old Russian had beaten Berrettini in Arizona and made Sinner sweat seven shirts at the Foro Italico but there was no match against the Tuscan. Solid, concentrated, well placed on the field, Lorenzo finished 6-1 6-1 6-2 and is now waiting for Cameron Norrie for a place in the round of 16. “I tried to stay focused on every point, it’s what I’m working on the most even in training.” The Swede paid him a great compliment saying that in Lorenzo he sees a bit of Kuerten and a bit of Federer: “I’d like to have a bit of both. I’ll try to combine aggression and touch…”.
Fognini was the first of the day to go through, again a convincing match against the Australian Kubler. Even for him, who will face the Austrian Ofner, there is the possibility of reaching the second week: “I feel good and when tennis and physique go hand in hand I can still have my say at a high level. I’m back in a third round in Paris, my favorite Grand Slam, and I just want to keep dreaming,” he told Supertennis. While he has the right respect for his next Austrian opponent, coached by Thiem’s father: “He’s young, he mainly plays on the challenger circuit, but if he reached the 3rd round in Paris he must have done something… Now the priority is to try to recover as much energy as possible ; obviously now it doesn’t recover as quickly as it used to but I have a lot of nervous energy alive inside me. I know that I have a good chance ahead of me”.
SONEGO TOWARDS RUBLEV
Lorenzo Sonego’s road is more complicated, as he will face Andrey Rublev in the next round. Against Hugo Humbert he was very solid: “I was extremely calm – he said – , I knew exactly what had to be done on the pitch. I had clear ideas and this allowed me to have the utmost confidence in myself. I was very aggressive and I’ve always tried to change my serve a bit, I think this was the key to the match. I shuffled the cards a bit”. The Russian, who overtook Moutet, won Monte Carlo and is very dangerous on clay: “He’s in good shape, he has a very heavy ball. He has an excellent serve and in conditions that are a bit heavy, he lets go of his arm. It’s difficult for him to may make mistakes…”. But we have pasta.
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