Musetti and the victory in Hamburg: no longer just great shots, but also mental strength. Thus success can become a career crossroads

It is a great feat that has been accomplished by Lorenzo Musetti in the 500 tournament in Hamburg. The 20-year-old blue triumphs for 6-4 6-7 6-4 against the Spanish number 6 in the world Carlos Alcarazreacting after having seen himself annul well five match points. A battle he gives to Musetti is the first title career, reached the first final. The first act of one goes to him rivalry destined to grow and mark the next era of tennis. A test of great character and a surprising outcome, which could represent one crucial point in the growth path of Musetti.

A fundamental week to approach the level of the two greatest exponents of Italian tennis today, Jannik Sinner And Matteo Berrettini. The victories against Dusan LajovicEmil RuusuvuoriAlejandro Davidovich-FokinaFrancisco Cerundolo eAlcaraz (with its load of wasted match points) carry a lot of weight. To Hamburg a version of Musetti never seen before was shown. Carrarino added in fact technical improvements evident (especially on the right side). But this is not the most important aspect. What really surprised was an unprecedented one mental strength which has finally joined his innate creativity. So no longer just scraps of the game from the illuminated game (such as al Roland Garros against Novak Djokovic in 2021 and Stefanos Tsitsipas in 2022) or good shots only for highlightsbut one constancy of performance never manifested as in these seven days.

A very prestigious “first time” among other things. Hamburg is not just any 500. In its history it has also been a Masters 1000, with a roll of honor that includes players like Nadal and Federer, Kuerten, Lendl and Edberg. For the Italian colors then it contains a precedent that bodes well. It is here indeed that Fabio Fognini has reached a full consecration, winning the title in the summer of 2013. In short, raising this trophy gives Musetti the opportunity to open a new chapter in his career. Take the right path to permanently unlock all of his potential and become in effect one of the reference points of the tennis to come. Also increasing the quality of a blue team that seems destined to give great satisfaction in the future. Both in Davis than in Slam.

And now? The next goal? Simple, to confirm the good things shown in Hamburg. Maybe even on another surface (the North American season on the concrete which will end at the US Open). Give further consistency to performance. Tournament after tournament. By limiting negative dating as much as possible. In Germany, the first important signal was sent. The land of 250’s Umag is the next step. And who knows that an encore may not arrive. However, Hamburg brings with it much more. Not just the feeling of being at one possible crossroads. There are also the coldest numbers. The five hundred points collected in fact allow Musetti to climb the rankings clearly. Thirty-one positions gained. A jump from the 62nd to the 31st place in the ranking. The seed in New York is far from impossible. In the Race, however, the situation is even better: number 21.

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