Italian Open: Stan Wawrinka crashes from Rome to Italy’s teenage Lorenzo Musetti. Tennis news




Switzerland’s Stan Wawrinka crashed Italian open Following the humiliating defeat of 18-year-old Italian Lorenzo Musetti on Tuesday in the first round. The three-time Grand Slam winner, seeded 10th in Rome, lost 6–0, 7–6 (7/2) against the 249th ranked player in the world. Wawrinka, the oldest player in the tournament, fought back after going 2–0 in the second set, but it was already too late to regain control. Museti had played only one tour-level match before facing the former world number three in Rome, ousting Wawrinka after an hour and 24 minutes. “I have seen him playing on television and I know that he is a very tough player,” Museti said.

“I am going to enjoy the win before I start thinking about my match against Nishikori.”

The youngest player on the table, Musetti, was born in 2002, the year in which Wawrinka made his first move on the professional circuit.

His coach, Simone Tartarini, said that it was an “impossible mission” for his youthful efficiency before the match.

“But Lorenzo likes this type of situation, so he is very motivated,” he said.

Like Rafael Nadal, Wawrinka has missed US hard-court tours at Cincinnati and the US Open.

Their only competition was a Challenger tournament on clay in Prague since it resumed after a six-month hiatus involving the coronovirus epidemic.

The Rome tournament is a tune for the French Open at Roland Garros from 27 September.

the favorite Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic And top female seed Simona Halep will begin her campaign on Wednesday.

Nadal will face compatriot Pablo Carreno in the recent semi-final of the US Open after six months without official matches.

Djokovic played the 87th-ranked Italian Salvatore Caruso and Hallep played the Italian Jasmine Paulini, who is ranked 99th.

Elsehwere US Open quarter-finalist André Rublev beat Argentine qualifier Fesundo Bagnis 6-4, 6-4 and then met Poland’s Hubert Harkaj.

Rublev hit 25 winners for their 20th match win of the season, having won two ATP Tour titles in Qatar and Adelaide prior to this season.

Canadians Milos Raonic and Denis Shapovalov both advanced. Shapovalov, seeded 12th, defeated Guido Pella of Argentina 6–2, 6–3, defeating 13th-seeded Raonic by Adrian Mannarino of France, 7–6 (7/3), 6–2.

Marco Cecchinato of Italy defeated semifinalist Kyle Edmund of Britain 3-6, 7-6 (9/7), 6-2 at Roland Garros two years ago and next met Serb Philippe Krajovic.

– Muguruza advances, Kerber out –

In the women’s tournament, Spanard Garbin Muguruza sent American Sloan Stephens in straight sets with American Svetlana Kuznestova struggling for her first win after a tennis restart.

Muguruza, the 2016 French Open champion and finished ninth in Rome, eased through 6-3, 6-3 behind closed doors on red clay at Foro Italico.

It was a difficult opener for Muguruza against former US Open winner Stephens, who also has a pedigree on Clay to reach the final at Roland Garros two years ago.

Despite a rain delay of an hour, Muguruza hit 22 winners and broke Stephens four times.

She meets Coco Gough, a 16-year-old American who won her first career main draw on clay against Tunisia’s Ons Jabor 6-4, 6-3.

“I knew that my fight against Sloan was tough,” Muguruza said.

“I am happy with my performance because I am playing just the third match.

The 53-year-old Gauff struggled with his serve with seven double faults, but suffered a 4–2 defeat in the first set against his Tunisian rival, who hit 29 unforced errors.

Former French Open winner Kuznetsova had a tough fight with American Bernarda Pera before a 3-6 7-6 (7/3), 6-3 draw.

The two-time Grand Slam champion had a meeting with the Estonian 14th seed Annette Contevit after a set and break down and a 3–0 loss at the tiebreak.

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The switch from clay to hard court at the US Open proved difficult for former world number one Angelique Kerber, who reached the fourth round at Flushing Meadows.

15th seeded Kerber fell to Czech Katerina Sinakova 6-3 6-1, next to Russia’s Daria Kasatkina.

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