Lorenzo Musetti is one victory away from reaching the finals of the Forte Village Sardegna Open. The 18-year-old is set to clash against Laslo Dere in the semi-finals. None of the two players has dropped a single set during their run at this tournament.
Musetti has gone on to capture his first ATP Challenger Tour title in Forli this year. The young Italian ousted the Pablo Cuevas 7-6(4), 7-5 in the first round. Laslo will compete in the 10th ATP Tour clay-court semi-final of his career.
- Fixture: Lorenzo Musetti vs Laslo Dere
- Date: 17th October 2020
- Tournament: Forte Village Sardegna Open
- Round: Semi-Finals
- Venue: Sardinia, Italy
- Category: ATP World Tour 250 Series
- Surface: Clay
- Prize money: Approx. €13,320
Lorenzo Musetti vs Laslo Dere: Match Preview
The Italian wild card recovered from 0-4 down in the second set of a 6-2, 6-4 victory over Yannick Hanfmann in 88 minutes. Having been No. 363 in the FedEx ATP Rankings on 20 January, Musetti is now up to a career-high No. 143.
Laslo Dere on the other hand, beat Jiri Vesely 6-4, 6-4 in the quarter-finals. Dere also vanquished India’s Sumit Nagal in the first round of this tournament 6-3, 6-1. The Serb has faced first round defeats at all the Grand Slams this year.
Lorenzo Musetti vs Laslo Dere: Head-to-Head
Both have a chance to advance to the semifinals in Sardinia. The duo haven’t played against each other in their careers yet, but are hungry to leave their mark at this tournament.
They both have a right handed forehand. They differ in their use of backhands however, Musetti’s being a single-handed one.
Lorenzo Musetti vs Laslo Dere: Match Prediction
Musetti is being cited as one of the players whom the torch will pass on to. He will beat the 25-year-old and succeed in advancing to his first ATP Tour final.
With his great maturity and shot variation on display, the young Italian will aim to hit Laslo out of court.
Match Prediction: Lorenzo Musetti beats Laslo Dere is straight sets.