Lorenzo Musetti overcomes lost luggage, food poisoning and Carlos Alcaraz to realise title dream


His week in Hamburg obtained off to a nightmare begin, however Lorenzo Musetti’s luck rotated in probably the most dramatic vogue as he ended up being the final man standing to win his maiden ATP Tour title.
The Italian flew to the German metropolis anticipating to undergo qualifying, however his bag containing his rackets have been misplaced en route.
Nonetheless, Woman Luck quickly began to smile down on him as he didn’t need to play in qualifying as a late withdrawal noticed him bumped up into the primary draw whereas he managed to select up his rackets earlier than but extra misfortune struck the 20-year-old.
“I arrived right here on Thursday from Bastad and with all of the strikes, one in all my baggage [bags] obtained misplaced,” he advised ATPTour.com. “[It was] the one with the rackets, so I used to be a little bit bit apprehensive about how I’d play, as a result of I used to be nonetheless in qualifying. Then I obtained in [the main draw], so I managed to select up the rackets.
“The evening earlier than the beginning of the matches, I threw up all evening. I had meals poisoning, so I felt a little bit bit sick. I didn’t count on to go so far as I went, so I’m completely happy that my luck rotated at this event.”

Musetti beat Emil Ruusuvuori, Alejandro Davidovich Fokina and Francisco Cerundolo – all greater than him within the ATP Rankings – to safe a spot within the ultimate in opposition to Carlos Alcaraz.
His win over Cerundolo, particularly, had loads of drama after he had a match level saved after opting to serve underarm, however he nonetheless made it to the ultimate.
WATCH: Lorenzo Musetti tries an underarm serve on match level – and it backfires horribly
Alcaraz was the recent favorite having gained 4 titles this yr, however the 20-year-old Musetti secured a 6-4, 6-7 (6-8), 6-4 win to seize his first singles title.
“For me it’s a dream. Clearly I all the time dreamed about successful a title and I didn’t have any possibilities earlier than,” the Italian, who’s as much as No 62 within the rankings, stated.
“I believe my greatest outcome was a semi-final, so I by no means had the chance to play a ultimate. I’m actually proud of this week. I believe we did a tremendous job and now we’ll have a good time and revel in it for the following days, however now we have to deal with Umag and the remainder of the yr.”

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