Teen Musetti upsets Wawrinka to change into native hero

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Three-times Grand slam champion Stan Wawrinka was soundly overwhelmed 6-Zero 7-6(2) by teenager Lorenzo Musetti, who gained for the primary time on the skilled circuit within the first round of the Italian Open on Tuesday. It was just a second game on the ATP Tour for the 18-year-old Italian, who appear by means of three rounds of qualifying, earlier than aggressively upending the 35-year-old Swiss to arrange a second-round assembly with Japan’s Kei Nishikori.

Wawrinka made a string of errors as he misplaced the primary eight games earlier than working his approach back into the sport. Musetti, nonetheless, held his nerve to take the second set tiebreak and the match

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Earlier, Denis Shapovalov and Andrey Rublev had cruised into the second round with emphatic straight-sets victories.

Canadian 12th seed Shapovalov, who reached the U.S. Open quarter-finals last week, shook off jet lag to beat Guido Pella 6-2 6-3, firing seven aces and 23 winners previous the Argentine.

Ninth seed Rublev, making his debut on the Foro Italico, beat qualifier Facundo Bagnis 6-Four 6-Four to book a spot within the second round where he’ll face Hubert Hurkacz.

Alex de Minaur, one other quarter-finalist on the U.S. Open, was knocked out by Dominik Koepfer with the German battling back from a set right down to win 3-6 6-Three 7-6(5).

In the ladies’s draw, Angelique Kerber was knocked out in a 6-Three 6-1 defeat to Czech Katerina Siniakova whereas Coco Gauf gained her first ever match on clay.

Kerber, who reached the last-16 on the U.S. Open, lasted just 69 minutes on the claycourt as Siniakova superior in straight units with 5 breaks of serve.

Kerber was virtually bageled within the second set earlier than she saved three match factors to interrupt for the primary time within the contest however Siniakova broke back within the subsequent game to seal victory.

American teenager Gauff, taking part in in her first ever important draw match on clay, appear back from 4-2 down within the opening set to beat Tunisian Ons Jabeur 6-Four 6-3.

[Attribution HT.]

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