By Ricky Dimon
Lorenzo Musetti continues to announce himself on the ATP Tour.
Final 12 months he did it on the Masters 1000 stage (third spherical of Rome as a qualifier) and at a 250 (Sardinia semifinals). This 12 months his present run is coming at a 500-point event.
Musetti booked a spot within the quarterfinals of the Abierto Mexicano Telcel with a second consecutive marathon victory, this one over Frances Tiafoe on Wednesday evening. Following his first-ever top-10 win over Diego Schwartzman (6-3, 2-6, 6-4), the 19-year-old took down Tiafoe 2-6, 6-3, 7-6(1) after two hours and 44 minutes.
“I’ve no phrases, actually,” Musetti mentioned in his on-court interview. “As we speak I feel it was even more durable than yesterday. He performed (the) first set unbelievable; I used to be nonetheless within the mattress. He began so [well]. After (that) I performed with coronary heart, with every part that I might. I’m actually happy with myself, with what I did.
“It was actually powerful; he’s unbelievable. We’re shut buddies, as you could possibly see on the handshake; large hug with him. It was an unbelievable evening, an unbelievable match. I’ve plenty of adrenaline; I’m not going to sleep.”
After splitting the primary two units with Tiafoe, Musetti fell behind 3-0 within the third. He quickly broke again for 2-3 earlier than finally serving to remain within the match at 4-5, which he did simply with a maintain to like. The world No. 120 proceeded to interrupt for 6-5 however promptly did not serve it out. One remaining momentum swing was available within the ensuing tiebreaker, with Musetti surging to a 6-0 lead earlier than capitalizing on his second match level at 6-1.
The enjoyment of victory and agony of defeat was evident, with Musetti collapsed on the bottom in triumph as Tiafoe obliterated his racket.
Subsequent up for Musetti is Grigor Dimitrov, who completed runner-up to Rafael Nadal final 12 months in Acapulco. Dimitrov superior with a 6-4, 6-2 rout of Stefanos Tsitsipas.
Different winners on Wednesday had been Stefanos Tsitsipas, Alexander Zverev, Felix Auger-Aliassime, Casper Ruud, Cameron Norrie, and Dominik Koepfer.
Tsitsipas and Auger-Aliassime earned straightforward straight-set wins over John Isner and Sebastian Korda, respectively. They’ll go head-to-head within the quarterfinals on Thursday.