After losing the first two sets, Tsitsipas recovered, won with a score of 5-7, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3, 6-2 and advanced to the second round of the French Open.
This marked Musetti’s second brush, provoking a major upset at the French Open. In the fourth round last year, he edged Novak Djokovic in straight sets before retiring with an injury in the fifth.
The match began as it should have ended – Tsitsipas was in complete control of the situation. He took a 4-1 lead in the first set and even had two break points at 5-1, but Musetti held his own and made a return break to equalize at 4-4.
After trailing 4-5, Musetti then started a seven-game winning streak, winning the first set 7-5 and taking control of the second set.
Across the court, Tsitsipas struggled to gain momentum, committing 16 unforced errors from the right in the first two sets.
However, the match turned upside down in the third set. Tsitsipas scored 12 of the first 13 points to go on to win 6-2.
As Musetti was tired and Tsitsipas revitalized, the Greek played the last two sets with ease to complete the win.
“My attitude [changed]”, Tsitsipas told Eurosport after the game.
“In the first two sets, I didn’t feel very good, something was wrong with my game, but Lorenzo played very well, he didn’t give me rhythm.
“Of course, I’m very glad that everything ended like this. It wasn’t easy for me in the first two sets, but positively, we did a good job at the end.”
In the second round, Tsitsipas will face qualified Czech Zdeněk Kolar. He does not have Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Carlos Alcaraz and Alexander Zverev on his side in the draw, giving him the opportunity to reach the final to improve on his second-place finish last year.
In men’s singles, the first racket of the world. 2 Daniil Medvedev advanced to the second round, defeating Facundo Bagnis 6:2, 6:2, 6:2. However, Denis Shapovalov, who finished 14th, was eliminated after losing to 19-year-old Holger Rune 6-3, 6-1, 7-6 (4).