The kid did what he could. He'd probably have finished the match if his groin didn't tighten up, but anything less than 100% and he might as well not even be out there. He should have retired after the fourth, honestly, but I understand wanting to go out for set five and seeing if adrenaline could see him through.A pity Musetti didn't see the end of match and retired 7/6 7/6 1/6 0/6 0/4 down, I don't recall any clear moment he injured himself but surely, those 2 hours and 20 minutes to win the first two sets took their toll. Please @steviebruno don't call him out on giving up that close to the end! First experience at this level, and in his best moments, he clearly outplayed a GOAT candidate. Well done, kiddo!
What's a bit disappointing is when Novak smelled blood, got rid of awful forehand errors and fired really past Musetti with real conviction, the youngin had zero things to offer and looked annoyed like a Sacha Zverev. Not good body language without any sign of physical trouble early in the 3rd.
Novak, what a great comeback again from two sets down, but rather than unleashing a deserved madman roar, all he offered was some claps for his foe as Musetti walked off the court. Gentleman as always.
For sure his game will translate onto hardcourts, but I'm more intrigued to see how it looks on grass.