At the Internazionali d’Italia, in the quarter-finals, there weren’t no Italians. Players outside the top 50 had a great tournament, with surprising games from Marco Cecchinato and above all Fabio Fognini, who came back from injuries surprising against Andy Murray and Kecmanovic.
The top three in Italy, however, went out in the third round or in the quarterfinals: Jannik Sinner went out in the round of 16, eliminated by Francisco Cerundolo in three sets. Lorenzo Sonego was eliminated in the third round, Lorenzo Musetti in the round of 16, both by Stefanos Tsitsipas.
Nicola Pietrangeli talked about this scenario. “There is disappointment. Musetti’s defeat at the hands of Tsitsipas could have been expected, perhaps he was expected more from Sinner. But playing that much can be a factor. I would be willing to bet that Sinner will arrive at the end of the year in the top six of the ranking.
He is close to him, he has undergone the pressure of the Forum but he is 21 years old, he is not yet ready to bear this weight.”
The future of tennis
The former tennis player also talked about the future of tennis: from Musetti to Rune, passing through Alcaraz.
“I like Musetti as a game, he’s not the strongest but he’s the one who benefits tennis best,” explained Pietrangeli to LaPresse news agency. Then he focused on the other two young talents: “There aren’t any phenomena around, Carlos Alcaraz itself is human.
Rune? Nobody likes this kind of attitude of him but you can’t get whipped for it. He thinks that’s his strength, but they’re kids.” Pietrangeli, who talked to the newspaper’s microphones before Djokovic’s match, had indicated the Serbian as a possible winner of the tournament.
The tennis player from Belgrade, however, was defeated by Holger Rune in three sets in the quarterfinals. Now, Nole, Sinner, Rune and Alcaraz will be among the main stars at the much awaited Roland Garros 2023.