Swiss Stanis Wawrinka dropped 18-year-old Italian Lorenzo Musetti from the first round of the Italian Open during a low defeat on Tuesday.
The three-time Grand Slam winner, 10th place in Rome, lost 6-0, 7-6 (7/2) to 249th place in the world.
Wawrinka, the 35-year-old chief player of the tournament, was 2-0 behind in the second set, but it was too late to regain control.
Musetti had only played one round-level match until he met a former world number in Rome and ousted Wawrinka an hour and 24 minutes later.
“I’ve seen him play on TV and I know he’s a very cool player,” said Musetti, who will meet Kei Nishikori for the second time.
“I will enjoy the victory until I start thinking about my match with Nishikori.”
The youngest table player, Musetti, was born in 2002, the year Wawrinka took his first steps in the professional chain.
His coach Simone Tartarini said it was an “impossible mission” for his young protégé before the match.
“But Lorenzo likes this situation, so he’s very motivated,” he said.
Like Rafael Nadal, Wawrinka abandoned the American heavy tour of Cincinnati and the US Open.
His only race after resuming after a six-month hiatus following a coronavirus pandemic was the Challenger Clay Tournament in Prague.
The Rome Tournament is hosted by the French Open at Roland Garros from September 27th.
Favorites Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic and women’s best success Simona Halep will launch their campaigns on Wednesday.
Nadal will host compatriot Pablo Carreno in the recent US Open semi-finals six months later without an official match.
Djokovic ranks 87th-ranked Italian Salvatore Caruso and Halep, playing 99th-ranked Italian Jasmine Paolini.
Elsewhere, US Open quarterfielder Andrei Rublev facilitated the Argentine qualifiers Facundo Bagnis 6: 4, 6: 4 and met Hubert Hurkacz of Poland.
Rublev won 25 winners for his 20th season victory, winning two ATP tour titles this year in Qatar and Adelaide before the season came to a halt.
Canadians Milos Raonic and Denis Shapovalov moved forward. Shapovalov, who won 12th place, defeated Guido Pella from Argentina 6: 2, 6: 3, 7: 6 (7: 3), 6: 2 out of 13 seed Raonicu ousted Frenchman Adrian Mannarino.
Italian Marco Cecchinato, a participant in the Roland Garros semi-final two years ago, fought 3-6, 7-6 (9/7), 6-2 for Britain’s Kyle Edmund and once again met Serbian Philip Krajinovich.
Muguruza steps forward, Kerber came out
In the women’s tournament, Spaniard Garbine Muguruza sent American Sloane Stephens in straight sets with Russian Svetlana Kuznestova, fighting for her first victory after playing tennis again.
Muguruza, 2016 The French Open champion and ninth in Rome, Foro Italico competed 6-3, 6-3 behind closed doors on red clay.
It was a tricky opening for Muguruza against former US Open winner Stephens, who also has a clay background and made it to the finals at Roland Garros two years ago.
Muguruza suffered 22 winners and broke Stephens four times, despite an hour-long rain delay.
Next time, she will meet 16-year-old Coco Gauff, who for the first time won a clay career against Ons Jabeur of Tunisia 6-4, 6-3.
“I knew I had a tough match against Sloane,” Muguruza said.
“I’m just happy with my performance because it’s only the third match I can play in a long time.”
Gauff, in 53rd place, fought his serve with seven double fouls, but got rid of a 4-2 deficit in the first set against his Tunisian rival, who hit 29 forced errors.
Former French Open winner Kuznetsov had a tougher fight against American Bernarda Pera before pulling 3-6, 7-6 (7/3), 6-3.
The two-time Grand Slam champion took advantage of a set, breakup and 3-0 deficit in a break to host Estonia’s 14th-place finisher Anetta Kontaveit.
The transition from US Open Square to hard clay proved to be difficult for former world leader Angelique Kerber, who reached the fourth stage of Flushing Meadows.
15th seed spokeswoman Kerber 6-3, 6-1 dropped Czech Katerina Siniakova, who will later play Russia’s Daria Kasatkin.
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