WATCH: Lorenzo Musetti cries and gets a hug from Novak Djokovic as he buries 2021 French Open ghosts

The duo's previous clash at Roland Garros was devastating for Musetti


WATCH: Lorenzo Musetti cries and gets a hug from Novak Djokovic as he buries 2021 French Open ghosts

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Novak Djokovic‘s dreams to reign at the Monte-Carlo Masters yet again have been squashed. The Serb lost to Lorenzo Musetti in a thrilling three-set match on Thursday. Following his second-round tussle against Ivan Gakhov, Djokovic had hoped to go through the finals, but the Italian did not let Djokovic go past him.

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Considering their last encounter, Musetti got back at Djokovic through the biggest win of his career. At the 2021 French Open, Musetti was left in the trenches by the 22-time Grand Slam champion. Although Novak seemed to aim for a third title in the Principality, taking advantage of Rafael Nadal’s absence, the young Italian gave a taste of his own medicine to Djokovic.

As the match came to a gratifying end, Musetti was unable to hold back his emotions. The 21-year-old broke down into tears after Djokovic failed to return his serve in the last game. The youngster has won two ATP Tour titles and his astonishing win over the World No.1 is, undoubtedly, his biggest one yet.

The result of the pair’s fourth meeting is a polarizing contrast to their first. Going back to the Roland Garros Grand Slam two years ago, where Djokovic clinched the championship title, it was Musetti who accepted defeat. Still, the player posed a challenge for the Serb by winning the initial two sets in Paris back then. Eventually, Musetti allegedly retired due to injury.

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However, he later confessed it was because he felt he could not score any more points against the 35-year-old. Much credit goes to the World No.21 for successfully challenging Djokovic on his Grand Slam debut. Musetti can now revel in his glory after his triumphant victory as he gears up for the quarter-finals in Monte Carlo.

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At the Monte-Carlo Masters on Thursday, Lorenzo Musetti stunned Novak Djokovic by winning the match in three sets. The World No. 1 wants to get over this match as soon as possible. “I don’t think it’s catastrophic, but my feeling is bad right now because I lost the match,” Djokovic said. “That’s all. Congrats to my opponent. I move on.”

Djokovic obviously feels disappointed after the unexpected third-round loss. But he is eager to move on, stated the Serb in the post-match press conference. Djokovic is scheduled to compete in the Srpska Open in Banja Luka next.

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