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LORENZO MUSETTI ROLAND GARROS 2021 Djokovic

‘I retired because I couldn’t win a point’ – Musetti admits he was not injured against Djokovic

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Lorenzo Musetti revealed his retirement against Novak Djokovic at the French Open was due to not being able to win points rather than injury.

The 19-year-old Italian also reflected that he played the best tennis of his career to win the first two sets, and took a lot from the experience.

After taking sets one and two on tiebreaks, the world No. 76 won just one more game and retired when down 4-0 in the fifth set.

“I was playing my best tennis for sure, I never play like today [before]. And the first two sets were really long, like more than two hours,” Musetti said in his post-match press conference.

“Of course I am a little bit disappointed, but I played against No. 1 in the world. I took him the first two sets. It’s not an injury, it was just a little bit of cramps and a little bit of low back pain.

“I was not anymore able to win a point, so was not really… Grateful also for the crowd that were there. So I decided to retire because there was no chance that I could win a point. I decided to retire because I think it was the best thing to do.

“I took a way a lot of feelings, a lot of emotions, but a lot of experience. Now I know how can I play, how far I am from the biggest in the tour – like ‘Nole. So, I know that if I play good I can stay at this level.”


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