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Wimbledon results 2024: Lorenzo Musetti reaches first Grand Slam quarter-final

Video caption, Two out of three ain’t bad – Perricard & Musetti deliver the hot dogs

  • Author, Emily Salley
  • Role, BBC Sport journalist at Wimbledon

Lorenzo Musetti reached his first Grand Slam quarter-final by surging past lucky loser Giovanni Mpetshi Perricard at Wimbledon.

The Italian 25th seed struggled against the big-serving Frenchman in the first set before adapting his approach to win 4-6 6-3 6-3 6-2.

It ends a remarkable run for 21-year-old Mpetshi Perricard, who was attempting to become the first lucky loser, man or woman, to reach the singles quarter-finals of a Grand Slam.

“It is a really phenomenal day for me,” an emotional Musetti said in his on-court interview.

He will next face either French Open finalist and fourth seed Alexander Zverev of Germany or American 13th seed Taylor Fritz.

Playing on his 21st birthday, Mpetshi Perricard entertained the court two crowd in the early stages with trick shots and huge serves.

He lost in the final round of qualifying before being handed a reprieve after withdrawals from the main draw, and then made eye-catching progress.

Over on Court One, Australian Alex de Minaur booked his spot in the quarter-finals with a 6-2 6-4 4-6 6-3 win against France’s Arthur Fils.

Ninth seed De Minaur raced through the first set in 30 minutes, and adding the second put him firmly in control.

Fils narrowed the gap before both struggled on serve in a tense fourth set, but De Minaur got over the line to reach the last eight at Wimbledon for the first time.

Video caption, Musetti seals victory after longest rally thus far

The task Musetti faced against Mpetshi Perricard was clear from the get-go: his opponent had been making the most of a lucky break to get into the tournament, while showing he has the game to go far in his career.

Standing 6ft 8in and using that height to his advantage, Mpetshi Perricard’s positive approach brought the reward of a break at 3-3 and he cruised through the remainder of the opening set.

But Mpetshi Perricard’s confidence began to falter as Musetti settled and got to grips with his opponent’s first serve, clinically moving through the next three sets and making just eight unforced errors in the match.

The 22-year-old fell flat on his back after wrapping up the landmark victory with his third match point, before holding back tears in his on-court interview.

“It is tough for me to get emotional, but today I think I will,” Musetti said.

“I’ve been dreaming of this moment since I was a kid. I always had a really beautiful family that always supported me, choosing my dream. It is tough to speak.”


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