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Lorenzo Musetti in his first round qualifying victory in Cincinnati.

Musetti Leads Italian Qualifying Success In Cincy

World No. 30 Musetti featured in packed Cincinnati qualifying draw.

#NextGenATP Italian Lorenzo Musetti began his quest to qualify for the Western & Southern Open by taking down German Daniel Altmaier 6-7(5), 6-4, 6-3 in two-hours, 46 minutes in Saturday’s first-round qualifying match at the Lindner Family Tennis Center.

Musetti, 20, who claimed his first Tour-level title at the ATP 500 event in Hamburg this past month, joined countrymen Fabio Fognini and Lorenzo Sonego to complete an Italian trifecta. Fognini needed a third set tie-break to defeat Soonwoo Kwon 5-7, 6-4, 7-6(3), while Sonego had a comfortable, straight-sets victory over John Millman 7-5, 6-2, earning his first victory on a hard court since the Australian Open.

The Italians will all chase a main-draw birth Sunday as they play back-to-back-to-back on Court seven.

Also part of the star-studded qualifying field is David Goffin, a former finalist in Cincinnati, who needed just 45 minutes today to defeat Frenchman Hugo Gaston, 6-1, 6-0.

Marcos Giron won the all-American contest against Denis Kudla, 6-3, 6-2, joining Steve Johnson and Bradley Klahn as the only Americans remaining in Cincinnati’s qualifying draw.

Thanasi Kokkinakis won 27/30 (90%) of his first serve points before Benoit Paire was forced to retire, giving the Australian a 7-6, 3-1 victory. That sets up a second round qualifying match against Ilya Ivashka, who ousted home favourite Jack Sock 6-2, 6-3.

The final round of qualifying will be held on Sunday and will send seven players to the main draw at the Western & Southern Open.

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