Veteran Stan Wawrinka lost the tennis generation game, when the 35-year-old was knocked out of the Rome Masters on Tuesday by an inspired Italian teenager.
Lorenzo Musetti, born in 2002 – the year before Wawrnka played his first ATP match in Gstaad – produced a shock 6-0, 7-6(2) in the first round, good for his first ATP victory.
The outsider, ranked 249, took just over 90 minutes to produce the upset of the three-time Grand Slam champion Swiss.
“I’ve seen him play on television and I know he is a very tough player,” the winner said after setting up a second-round meeting with 2014 US Open finalist Kei Nishikori.
“I’m going to enjoy the victory before I start thinking about my match against Nishikori.”
Wawrinka, who skipped the US Open, warmed up on clay by playing two Challengers back-to-back in Prague in recent weeks, winning the first and reaching the quarter-finals of the second.
Musetti had to come through qualifying rounds on the deserted grounds of the quarantined Foro Italico to book a spot in the main draw,
Musetti won the 2019 Australian Open junior event and once stood No. 1 in the boys’ rankings; he is the youngest player at this year’s Rome edition.
Wawrinka played the 2008 Rome final here and was competing in the event for a 16th consecutive time.
The youngster was joined in the second round by two more of the eight Italian men entered in the home field.
Also advancing were Salvatore Caruso and Marco Ceccinato.
Main photo:- Lorenzo Musetti by ATP tour.com