Alcaraz loses Hamburg thriller; 1st tour title for Musetti

July 24, 2022 GMT
Italy's Lorenzo Musetti returns the ball to Spain's Carlos Alcaraz, during the final match of the Hamburg tennis tournament, Germany, Sunday July 24, 2022.  (Daniel Bockwoldt/dpa via AP)
Italy's Lorenzo Musetti returns the ball to Spain's Carlos Alcaraz, during the final match of the Hamburg tennis tournament, Germany, Sunday July 24, 2022.  (Daniel Bockwoldt/dpa via AP)
Italy's Lorenzo Musetti returns the ball to Spain's Carlos Alcaraz, during the final match of the Hamburg tennis tournament, Germany, Sunday July 24, 2022.  (Daniel Bockwoldt/dpa via AP)
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Italy's Lorenzo Musetti returns the ball to Spain's Carlos Alcaraz, during the final match of the Hamburg tennis tournament, Germany, Sunday July 24, 2022. (Daniel Bockwoldt/dpa via AP)
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Italy's Lorenzo Musetti returns the ball to Spain's Carlos Alcaraz, during the final match of the Hamburg tennis tournament, Germany, Sunday July 24, 2022. (Daniel Bockwoldt/dpa via AP)

HAMBURG, Germany (AP) — Lorenzo Musetti needed six match points Sunday to upset top-seeded Carlos Alcaraz 6-4, 6-7 (6), 6-4 in the final of the Hamburg European Open.

The 20-year-old Italian claimed his first tour-level title in 2 hours, 47 minutes.

Alcaraz was aiming to improve his 5-0 record in finals and was also chasing his fifth title this year alone after wins in Madrid, Barcelona, Miami and Rio de Janeiro.

The 19-year-old Spaniard fought back from 5-3 down in the second set and saved five match points to take the Hamburg final to a third set.

But Musetti didn’t fold and the 62nd-ranked player from Carrara, Italy, finally took his chance at the sixth time of asking.

American Bernarda Pera beat top-seeded Anett Kontaveit to win the women’s final on Saturday.

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