Teenaged Italian standout Lorenzo Musetti’s recent run of form at home hit the wall on Saturday as the 18-year-old had to quit his semi-final at the ATP event on the island of Sardegna.
Musetti, who beat Stan Wawrinka as a qualifier in the Rome first-round last month, pulled up injured trailing Laslo Djere 2-6, 6-2, 4-1 with a right elbow problem.
Djere moved into the Sunday final and a date with Italy’s Marco Cecchinato, who posted a 6-1, 6-0 crushing of lucky loser Danilo Petrovic.
Musetti had gone off a flyer in his first ATP semi-final, breaking in the opening game, before ultimately losing momentum after winning the first set.
“I knew that he was playing really well, had a lot of confidence and had some great results in the past few weeks, but I didn’t expect the high level that he played in the first set,” Djere said. .
“It surprised me a bit and I didn’t have the answer.”
Djere squared the match before Musetti began to feel elbow pain in his serve early in the third set; he needed a medical time out while trailing 4-1. One more point and he was done for the day.
“There was one month of tournaments at ATP level with a lot of Top 100 players,” Musetti said of his recent explosion of form.
“I did an amazing job and now I will take a rest and see what is happening with the elbow… I’m a little bit tired after playing a lot of matches in a row.”
Musetti was bidding to become the youngest Italian in the Open Era to reach an ATP Tour final.
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