Jannik Sinner and Lorenzo Musetti made it to the quarter-finals of the ATP 500 tournaments in Dubai and Acapulco respectively. Sinner posted a three-set win over fourth seed Roberto Bautista Agut while Musetti notched a from-a-set-down victory over Frances Tiafoe.
Both of these results came about on the same day although the time difference between Dubai and Acapulco made it seem as though the two Italians had won on consecutive days. Nonetheless, the time difference between the two cities did offer an opportunity to glean how the Italian youngsters soaked in – and interpreted – these successes of their peers – and rivals – for themselves and for their country’s tennis prospects.
“We (Italian tennis) are (on) a very high,” Sinner said post-match, replying to TennisWorld USA’s question about drawing inspiration from his fellow youngsters on the tour. “Everyone is different. Everyone has different styles. That’s something very exciting to see.”
Jannik Sinner on Italian tennis’ rise and consistency
Then, elaborating on Musetti’s opening-round win against Acapulco top-seed, the ninth-ranked Diego Schwartzman, Sinner added, “Musetti is a big, big talent. He can do everything with the ball already. He’s already physically strong.”
Musetti’s win over Schwartzman was the first time he had triumphed against a top-10 player. Backing it up with a win over Tiafoe has now meant that the 19-year-old has reached his first quarter-final at an ATP 500 tournament.
Apart from Musetti, Sinner also talked about Lorenzo Sonego who lost out to Aslan Karatsev, thereby ending the prospect of an Italian derby in the quarters in Dubai. “Sonego is playing great,” said Sinner, adding, “He’s serving big and going for shots.”
These aspects not only rounded off the “high” Sinner talked about at the outset but also, as he put forth, “excited him for Italian tennis”. Then, as the world no. 32 noted while winding down his answer, Italian men’s tennis is not just about these three players but is also being bolstered by the presence of Fabio Fognini and Matteo Berrettini.
Then, as Jannik Sinner pointed out, “Everyone can do well (in) every tournament. That’s great to see for Italian tennis.”