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Lorenzo Musetti advances at Emilia-Romagna Open


Italy’s Lorenzo Musetti returns the ball to Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas during their ATP 250 Lyon Open Parc tennis tournament semi-final match on May 22, 2021. (Photo by JEFF PACHOUD / AFP) (Photo by JEFF PACHOUD/AFP via Getty Images)

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PARMA, Italy -- Italian teenager Lorenzo Musetti advanced to the second round of the Emilia-Romagna Open by rallying past countryman Gianluca Mager 4-6, 6-1, 6-2.

It was the 13th ATP tour victory for Musetti this season, having entered the year with only five tour-level wins.

“I think the Lorenzo of two years ago would not have been able to win this match today for sure after the bad loss of the first set,” the 19-year-old Musetti said. “There’s a lot of improvement.”

Musetti is coming off a semifinal appearance in Lyon last week and is up to a career-high No. 76 in the rankings.

Musetti will next face eighth-seeded Yoshihito Nishioka, who rallied past Sam Querrey 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (3).

Also advancing were fifth-seeded Richard Gasquet, seventh-seeded Aljaz Bedene and 20-year-old American Sebastian Korda.

Korda will next face top-seeded Lorenzo Sonego.