After 2 hours and 48 minutes of wonderful tennis, the noise from the crowd on Court 7 rang around the Roland Garros complex in Paris as Lorenzo Musetti went up a break of serve in the deciding set.
Having a fallen a set down to fellow Italian and semi-finalist from a few years back Marco Cecchinato the teenager making his Grand Slam main draw debut baring in mind nine months ago he wasn’t ranked high enough to directly go into qualifying for Roland Garros fought back to lead two sets to one despite this from Musetti…
Lorenzo who took out David Goffin and Yoshihito Nishioka needed go the long way around to see off the man who took out Djokovic in 2018.
The fourth set did turn into a bit of a runaway, the former semi-finalist raced to the a 4-1 leading Lorenzo it felt like was just hanging on at this stage going into a decisive fifth set.
Lorenzo who only turned 19 in March had withstand some early pressure in the first game of the set saving two break points and it propelled him to take control of the set.
Lorenzo broke serve for 3-1, held for 4-1 and then broke serve again following an error from Cecchinato.
The camera panned to the teenager who looked towards his box and closed his eyes and took a big breath as he would serve for the match.
There was a sudden tension in the air and it got to Musetti who lost one of the breaks of serve and at the change of ends a Mexican wave broke out, something we’ve not seen in tennis for soo long!
The wheels started to come off for Cecchinato again on serve having just held once in the set, 0-30 down it was a big ask for the 2018 semi-finalist who messaged up a drop shot at the net hitting the net cord and bouncing back on his side to set up three match points.
Five quick points in a row and suddenly the pressure was back on the teenager!
Three more match points for Musetti, one gone with a backhand into the net. On the fifth time of asking the Italian on his Grand Slam debut won in five sets for the first time in his career!