“For sure Roger Federer” Lorenzo Musetti engages in mind-games ahead of Novak Djokovic clash

Italian youngster Lorenzo Musetti engages in mind-games with Novak Djokovic ahead of the duo's first-round clash at the 2022 Dubai Tennis Championships.

Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Lorenzo Musetti
Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Lorenzo Musetti

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic is set to return to tennis action for the first time this season after what has been a delayed start against his wishes. Having made the attempt to start his season in Australia, the Serbian was deported and banned from Australia for not being vaccinated against Covid-19 and had to let of his 3 consecutive Australian Open titles without any defence.

Novak has since then been silent on the issue until recently when he opened up about his side of the events that rocked the whole world for the extent to which things took place. Novak will however be happy on getting the chance to return on the court as he is set to start his season at the 2022 Dubai Tennis Championships that begin on Monday, 21st February.

Novak is the top-seed at the tournament and also a 5-time former champion. With a chance to lose his World No. 1 ranking, a lot is at the stake for the 20-time Grand Slam champion who will start his journey in Dubai against Italian youngster Lorenzo Musetti. Having lost in the 4th round of the 2021 French Open against Novak despite having won the first two sets, Musetti is sure looking for revenge.

Musetti has been a lifelong Roger Federer fan and it seems he is using this fact to attack Djokovic psychologically as it will be the season opener for the Serbian. In the latest conversation with Tennis Up to Date, Musetti said, “My sporting role model for sure is Roger Federer. I study him and I’m a huge fan of him. I really want to be like him in everything, on and off the court.”

Musetti’s last Twitter activity also includes him retweeting the post made by ‘TennisTV’ that had pictures of Federer defeating Novak in the 2011 French Open semi-finals which saw Novak’s sensational streak of 41 consecutive wins come to an end.

Lorenzo Musetti has not made a good start into the season going into the match against Novak Djokovic

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Novak Djokovic and Lorenzo Musetti

While Novak is starting his season next week, Musetti has not been much impressive so far. From the 4 matches he has played so far this season, he has won two while losing two. Despite Novak coming from a small break, the Italian teenager will need to be precise and disciplined if he wishes to upset the World No. 1.

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