Take stock of the situation. The clay court season for world tennis has started ea Monte Carlostarting point for fine palates, something important has been seen: an encore from the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas, a level of play anything but despicable and the two flag bearers of the Bel Paese, Jannik Sinner and Lorenzo Musetti that, in terms of the game and the attitude associated with the results, however, they have given positive signs in the face of what will be.
On these issues, also taking a look at what happened in the Billie Jean King Cup 2022which we talked about in the last episode of TennisMania at Sport2uin alliance with sport OAwith the participation of the director of italian tennis, Stefano Semeraroand with guest Paul Lorenzformer excellent tennis player and now television commentator sky sports as well as appointed deputy director of the tournament in Rome.
A high-quality parterre and Lorenzi answered the various questions with extreme clarity. We start with Musetti, who qualified for the round of 16 in the Principality, showing excellent tennis thanks to which the victories against the Frenchman Benoit Paire and the top-10, Felix Auger-Aliassime, have matured. Then the save against the Argentine Diego Schwartzman, but also in the lost match against the South American, Toscano showed that he was on the right track.
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“I appreciated his attitude, considering that the wind did not make it easy for anyone to play the first few days. Against Schwartzman he proved his worth, expressing high-quality tennis for a set and a half. His performance is even more remarkable if we think about what Tsitsipas had to do to beat the Argentine in the quarterfinals. It is true, Lorenzo could have closed it, but Diego is a very uncomfortable rival because he never falls. Musetti will have to get used to having a constant attitude throughout the game and above all to take a step on the field of play after the first shot. He has the fundamentals to make a difference when he is closer to the line also because he knows how to open the field like few others on the circuit. In addition to this, the serve should also be an extra weapon to ‘kill the game’ against top level players. I think that this 2022 is still a year of transition, but I am convinced that in 2023 we will see it very high“, The words of Lorenzi.
The speech focused on Sinnerpushed for the first time in his career to the quarterfinals in the Monegasque tournament and in any case the author of a considerable journey, beating a high-profile player like Andrey Rublev and putting Alexander Zverev in trouble, who emerged victorious by a very little time in the tie-break of the third set. Interesting opinion of the Sienese, linked to Jannik.
“Honestly, I gave him the favorite against Zverev because he was playing better. A match that was decided by the different experience between the two and Jannik was not at his best because of the pain in his foot. All this on the whole leads to a very positive assessment of the South Tyrolean, taking into account that the day before he had defeated Rublev, a finalist last year in this tournament and capable of beating Nadal. For now, the difference between him and the ‘second tier’ players is impressive, but he dominates the game even against those ahead of him in the rankings. I saw Zverev suffer from his initiatives and I was forced to do my best to keep up with him. This bodes well for the season on earth.“.
1000 of the Principality that then also had as elements of attention Carlos Alcaraz and Novak Djokovic, which came out in the second round for different reasons. Lorenzi had his opinion about it: “Alcaraz can’t always win, moreover, because contrary to what some say, the level is high and it is very difficult to have an excellent and lasting performance. Surely he is the one with the highest quality among the players of the new generation, but I think that tennis is not going to be polarized only in him because there are so many rivals and I also include our Italians. As for Djokovic, in my opinion we will see him in good form both in Paris and in Wimbledon, I don’t think he will have any problems.“.
In this analysis, a few words have been reserved for Matthew BerrettiniHe stopped due to injury, which could give him the entire season in red to better prepare for the grass: “I see him well for grass tournaments, given his qualities and his tennis. For me in London it will be strong, then we will also see the scoreboard“.
At the end, a joke about the girls of the Billie Jean King Cup 2022 and the Davis Cup: “They are working on building a women’s movement and I trust that it will do well there too; for Davis, if there are no physical problems, she can win“.
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