“I think there are a lot of matches that teach me a lot,” he said last year at the US Open. “The final in Hamburg was one of the biggest wins in my career but it was one of the toughest I ever played.”
His coach agrees, but believes the second edition of Alcaraz v Musetti will be different because both talents are progressing so rapidly.
“The experience of last year surely was positive but this year both him and Alcaraz are two different players so it will be a different story,” Musetti’s longtime coach Simone Tartarini told Roland-Garros.com.
Tartarini doesn’t want to blow the victory over Alcaraz out of proportion, but he does believe that it provided valuable intel that can be helpful in devising ways to stop the hard-charging top seed.
“Last year’s match can help to have some points to fix on, from a tactical aspect,” he added.