Lorenzo Musetti produced TWO shot-of-the-year contenders in his third-round clash against Marco Cecchinato on Saturday.
The 19-year-old produced his first moment of mastery in the third set of a five-set tussle that Musetti won 3-6 6-4 6-3 3-6 6-3.
Cecchinato – seeing Musetti camped beyond the baseline – delivered an audacious underarm serve. Musetti was alert to it, but the return left Cecchinato in charge of the point, and he wrongfooted Musetti with a cross-court backhand.
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However, the 19-year-old managed to produce a behind-the-back backhand winner of his own to the amazement of those in attendance on Court 7.
Then later in the same set, he was at it again. The 19-year-old produced another behind-the-back piece of genius to hit a lobbed winner from what looked like an unsalvageable position.
The win moves Musetti into the fourth round of a Slam for the first time in his career and he will face Novak Djokovic next, who beat Ricardas Berankis 6-1 6-4 6-1.
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