Stan Wawrinka dismayed

‘The kid has an incredible backhand!’ – Stan Wawrinka dumped out of Italian Masters by teenager

Three time Grand Slam winner Stan Wawrinka has been dumped out of the Italian Masters by 18-year-old Lorenzo Musetti on Tuesday.

Musetti, whose backhand has been described as ‘incredible’ by former world number one Jim Courier, was a qualifier in Rome.

However, not only did he beat Wawrinka, he even bagelled him in an astonishing first set before wrapping up a 6-1, 7-6 (7-2) win.

“First set was almost perfect. Second set he tried to play better,” Musetti said.

“He was focused on the match and he wanted to win the set, but I served really good. I mixed a lot with the wide serve, T and body serve.

I think the serve was the key to have the lead of the game.

Musetti will face another difficult test next in the form of 2014 US Open finalist Kei Nishikori, but he’s up for the challenge.

“I have seen him play on television and I know he is a very tough player,” said Musetti of Nishikori.

“I’m going to enjoy the victory before I start thinking about my match against Nishikori.”

Michael Graham, Editor, has been a professional sports journalist for his whole career and is especially passionate about tennis. He's been the Editor of for over 5 years and loves watching live tennis by visiting as many tournaments as possible. Michael specialises in writing in-depth features about the ATP & WTA tours.