SANTA MARGHERITA DI PULA, Sardinia (AP) — Italian teenager Lorenzo Musetti beat eighth-seeded Pablo Cuevas 7-6 (4), 7-5 in the first round of the Forte Village Sardegna Open on Monday.
Having won the boys title at last year’s Australian Open, the 18-year-old Musetti made a splash at last month’s Italian Open where he beat former top-five players Stan Wawrinka and Kei Nishikori in succession.
Against Cuevas, Musetti maintained his focus through two rain delays and quickly recovered a break of serve late in the second set.
“I’m playing really good tennis — my best tennis,” Musetti said. “I have the weapons to (have) a great tournament and to compete at this level.”