There now seems widespread agreement that Musetti’s future is bright. Training with the legends reveals a powerful eagerness to learn – and now, it is said, fans have started looking for the great player in him.
The one-handed backhand looks good. So do dextrous hands at the net. And the brain and the temperament. His movement is excellent too; his height of 1.85 metres (6ft 1in) is ideal, and if he fills out he should get stronger.
There are reported to have been shoulder strains, though these are not uncommon in an 18-year-old with his record. Careful management could in time facilitate extra weight on the first serve.
Further skills are needed to adapt to different surfaces. Musetti’s results on hard courts are not quite as good as those on clay, at least not yet. Will he become good enough on grass? It’s too early to say. Once it was suggested Nadal never would, but it happened, even if it took a while.