Musetti Advances To Semi-Finals At Sardegna Open

Lorenzo Musetti (photo: Francesco Panunzio)


Lorenzo Musetti headlined Friday’s quarterfinal action at the Sardegna Open by fighting past No. 7 seed Nuno Borges of Portugal. The No. 2 seed of the ATP Challenger Tour 175 clay-court event in Cagliari capitalized on six of his 11 break-point chances to secure a 1-6, 6-1, 6-2 victory in two hours and 10 minutes.

“I stepped on the court with a clear mindset, but the wind made everything very complicated,” said Musetti. “I got nervous, rushed, and my opponent did his part well. But then I changed tactics, using my serve better to open up the court. It allowed me to start controlling with my forehand, I gained confidence, and the match turned around. I am very happy with my reaction, also thanks to the support of the crowd.”

In his first semi-final of the season, the 22-year-old Italian will take on Daniel Elahi Galan of Colombia, who received a walkover from sixth-seeded Hungarian Marton Fucsovics.

In the top half of the draw, Mariano Navone also came back from a set down to outlast US-American Emilio Nava 4-6, 6-1, 7-6(4). The No. 3 seed from Argentina won 53 per cent of the total points to succeed in two hours and 48 minutes. Up next for Navone will be Italian Luciano Darderi.


Singles – Quarterfinals

Daniel Elahi Galan (Col) b. Marton Fucsovics (Hun) ret.
Lorenzo Musetti (Ita) b. Nuno Borges (Por) 1-6 6-1 6-2
Mariano Navone (Arg) b. Emilio Nava (Usa) 4-6 6-1 7-6
Luciano Darderi (Ita) b. Federico Coria (Arg) 6-1 3-4 ret.

-Doubles – Quarterfinals

Arias/Zeballos (Bol/Bol) b. King/Luz (Usa/Bra) 7-5 6-3
Frantzen/Jebens (Ger/Ger) b. Nouza/Reyes-Varela (Cze/Mex) 6-2 3-6 10/8
Balaji/Begemann (Ind/Ger) b. Bhambi/Cabral (Ind/Por) 7-6 7-6
Erler/Miedler (Aut/Aut) b. Albot/Pellegrino (Mda/Ita) 7-5 4-6 11/9