In an all-Italian final in Naples, it was Lorenzo Musetti besting Matteo Berrettini 7-6(5), 6-2 to win the title.
“It was a really tough first set,” said Musetti on court. “He was not 100 per cent physically. His capacity to stay until the end, to fight until the end, was a big problem for me to solve.
“Today I think I played not the best tennis because I think we were both really emotional, really nervous and there was a lot of tension, but in the important moments I played better. It’s really nice to be here with my family, with the crowd, and it’s a really big win for me and an important moment for my career.”
Musetti was referring to Berrettini’s foot which he injured a day earlier in the semifinals.
The 20-year-old Musetti collects his second career title having won the Hamburg title on clay over the summer defeating Carlos Alcaraz. He won in Italy without dropping a set.
“I think it was the perfect week,” Musetti added. “I didn’t lose a set so I’m really happy about that, and I’m really happy about the game I showed. Sometimes you have to work hard to bring success and consistency in my game, so I’m really proud of myself and my team.”
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