Lorenzo Musetti ATP tennis

‘Dan Evans disrespected me’, says Lorenzo Musetti after saving four match points in dramatic win

Rising ATP star Lorenzo Musetti said Dan Evans disrespected him after he beat the world No. 32 to reach the quarter-finals of the Sardegna Open.

The 19-year-old prevailed 6-1, 1-6, 7-6 (10-8) against top seed Evans in a thrilling second round match at the ATP 250 event in Cagliari.

World No. 90 Musetti saved four match points – and recovered from 0-4 and 3-6 down – in the third set tiebreak. The Italian threw his racket to the ground in celebration after converting his third match point.

“There are respectful experienced players on the pitch. Others like Evans, they try to use my youth to shoot (win) matches,” said Musetti in his post-match press conference. 

“But it’s all experience for me. Evans disrespected me. I don’t want to be treated like a young man.”

Musetti added in a post-match interview: “It was really tough. I was 3-6 down in the tiebreak and he was playing good, always going to the net and always aggressive.

“I tried to stay calm and tried to play each point. That is what I did and it worked, so I am really happy and really proud of myself with this win.”

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