Lorenzo Musetti’s disastrous autumn continues. In Sofia, as the first seed in the seeding, the boy from Carrara received his fourth knockout in a row in the first round. This time he is his executioner Jack Drapermuch more valuable than his eighty-second place in the rankings, but the 7-5 6-2 finale it is the result of a challenge played with very alternating currents, without a minimum of continuity. Not a good sign ahead of the Davis Cup.
A match that had also gone well for Lorenzo, immediately putting the British in difficulty with his aggressiveness, being rewarded with the opening break. But as the match continued, his second serve began to act up, having to save two balls for the immediate 1-1. Draper doesn’t give up and in the eighth game he invents a couple of plays for the counterbreak, which materializes with a long passer with which he pierces the blue. For the boy from Carrara there seems to be another glimmer of opportunity in the eleventh game when he leads the opponent to advantages, but the opportunity is not exploited and remains in the bones: three bad errors give the first set to Draper.
Lorenzo continues his two-sided game, providing moments of great class in exchanges in which he seems to disconnect his brain. He opens with the right attitude, also getting two break points. The first, however, was canceled with a sensational oversight by the line judge, who considers the recovery on the opponent’s bunt to be out of time. And in the next game, as soon as he starts pushing, the errors pour in: break immediately and Draper flies away at 3-0. An unbridgeable gap for today’s Musetti, who gets lost and soon finds himself leaving the field with his head down.
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