Musetti is a rare talent who is being touted for great things in the future. While the 18-year-old may not be as prolific as his compatriot Jannik Sinner yet, he has done enough to grab the attention of the tennis fraternity.
At the recent Italian Open, Musetti registered his first victory on the ATP tour when he defeated Roger Federer’s compatriot Stan Wawrinka. The Italian followed that up with a straight-sets win over Kei Nishikori, proving that his effort against Wawrinka was not a fluke.
The teenager's inspired run in Rome drew a fair few comparisons with his idol Roger Federer. Musetti's one-handed backhand in particular has been talked about a lot because of its similarity to Federer's signature stroke.
During a recent interview with the lifestyle website Esquire, Lorenzo Musetti was quizzed in detail about his thoughts on fashion and culture. More importantly though, he was also asked about the players he admired in the tennis world.
In reply to the question about which player he liked to watch the most, the teenager didn't think twice before naming Roger Federer. The Italian explained how the Swiss Maestro is not only his favorite player but also a constant source of inspiration for him.
“Federer has always been my favorite player, he's my reference, and continues to be,” Musetti said.
My dream final would be against Roger Federer at Wimbledon: Lorenzo Musetti
Roger Federer is widely acknowledged as a champion both on and off the court, who is always gentleman-like in his demeanor. As such, when Musetti was asked about the player that he admired the most as a ‘human’, the Italian once again picked Roger Federer.
The teenager went on to explain how his growing years were influenced by the rivalry between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.
“Roger (is the human I admire the most),” Musetti revealed. “I grew up watching the rivalry between him and Nadal.”
Musetti also spoke about his dream final in tennis and revealed that it would be against Federer on the grasscourts of Wimbledon - a place where the eight-time champion is revered.
"And when they ask me what my dream final would be, I always answer against Roger at Wimbledon,” Musetti concluded.Published 29 Oct 2020, 18:13 IST