Lorenzo Mussetti stuns Carlos Alcaraz in Hamburg with his first ATP title | ATP . round

No one will ever forget how soon Lorenzo Mossetti He won his first ATP Tour title.

The 20-year-old left five championship points in the second set of Hamburg European Open The final is on Sunday before the top seed stuns Carlos Alcaraz 6-4, 6-7 (6), 6-4 in the All-#NextGenATP fight to lift the trophy.

“I have no words because he was sloping to the end. I had a lot of match points. Carlos was very good on match points, [I had] “Lots of chances,” Mussetti said in his on-court interview. “But I think the key to the match was keeping calm and [have] all patience [with] myself because it wasn’t really easy. Carlos was putting in a lot of effort on match points when he was behind, so it wasn’t easy to find the energy to come back.

“But I can’t describe how I feel right now. I think I’m still dreaming.”

Going into the week, the Italian had not progressed to a Tour-level final. But Mussetti showed his mental fortitude against Alcaraz, who will climb to fifth at the highest level of his career in the Pepperstone ATP rankings on Monday, to win after two hours and 47 minutes.

“Of course I was really upset, but I tried not to show my opponent my reaction. I tried to forgive[ myself for] All match points, all points [when] “I couldn’t do it,” Mussetti said. “I think that was the most [important] Something, even for me, because I wasn’t expecting to win after all this roller coaster, so I’m very happy to be here and be the champion.”

Musseti left two championship points while serving the match at 5-4 in the second set and held another three points in the tiebreak that followed, including two on his serve. But rather than letting the missed opportunity pass him by, he struggled hard in the deciding set to lift the trophy, landing on clay after Alcaraz missed a final long shot.

“For me, for my team, for my family, for my friends, and for the people who really love me, I appreciate all the sacrifices my family has made. [made] “And all the hard work I did with my team,” Mussetti said. “I will definitely keep working and I will continue like [this] We hope.”

This was the first ATP Head2Head clash between Musetti and Alcaraz. The Italian will climb to the highest international level of his career on Monday.

It was clear from the start of the match that Musseti would put all his skills on the Spaniard. The 20-year-old played hard from the baseline, switching to the net when the opportunity presented itself and keeping the ATP Championship five-times balanced with plenty of variety in spin and speed.

Alcaraz wasn’t at his best facing the championship, making uncharacteristic mistakes, but that’s partly because his opponent kept him guessing and couldn’t find the rhythm.

Musetti got the decisive break of the first set at 3-3, and took a 4-3 lead when Alcaraz missed a backhand into the net. The Italian then finished the opening match with a winning forehand and showed laser focus in his calm reaction to his team.

Alcaraz showed his fighting spirit when he fired a massive forehand to secure a break point in the first game of the second set. But he was unable to hold off his opponent’s push for long, hitting the net later in the match to give up the break.

Musseti kept his cool at 4-3 when he faced a 0/40 deficit on his serve. But the 20-year-old relied on his serve to get out of trouble.

Everything was going according to plan until 5-4, 40/15 in the set, when the Italian couldn’t convert the two championship points. That boosted Alcaraz’s energy and, despite trailing 3/6 in the tiebreak, found a way to equalize and then Musetti double-faulted to give up the set.

Despite the disappointment of watching his golden opportunity slip away, Musseti did remarkably well in recovering in the third set. He kept his level and pushed Alcaraz hard in the break.

After the Kars missed a long backhand on his sixth championship point, Mussetti sank to clay in celebration.

The champion has come a long way since saving two match points in his first round match against him Dusan Lajovic. The night before that match, Mussetti said he had been up all night due to food poisoning.

The Italian prevented Alcaraz from becoming the third man in the Open Era to win his first six Tour Finals. Alcaraz is now 14-1 in this year’s ATP 500 events after lifting cups in Rio de Janeiro and Barcelona in addition to his ATP Masters 1000 wins in Miami and Madrid.

“I think he deserved to win today,” Alcaraz said. “He played better than me, of course. He was more aggressive the whole time. I didn’t play to my best, but I fought until the last ball and I’m really happy with that.”

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