He beat Carlos Alcaraz in the first round of the Rome Masters. But who is Fabian Marozsan? The next star of Hungarian tennis.
Who is Fabian Marozsan?
23-year-old Fabian Marozsan played his first ATP tour main draw match and ended up defeating the number one player in the world, Carlos Alcaraz, after a spellbinding performance 6-3 7-6. He did lose the next day to Borna Coric in three sets, but at least he announced himself to the tennis world as another exciting player to watch. There are so many up-and-coming strong players on both the women’s and the men’s tours right now. I think many were worried about the sport after Federer retired (Rafa has not shown any encouraging signs of being able to play the French Open either). But new starts have shown us that we need not worry. The sport still has plenty to offer even without the GOATs (Djokovic and Nadal are still there, but for how long?).
A breakthrough tournament
This is how the ATP Tour website described Maroszan’s impressive tournament:
The 2023 Internazionali BNL d’Italia is a tournament Marozsan will never forget. Entering the event, he had never competed in an ATP Tour main draw. Earlier in the year, he had lost in qualifying in four tour-level events. But he defeated Timofey Skatov and Felipe Meligeni Alves to earn his way into the field and then upset World No. 67 Corentin Moutet and World No. 39 Jiri Lehecka in the main draw.
Maroszan started playing tennis at five after his father started teaching him (he is not a former tennis pro or anything). He has Nadal as his main idol and his favorite surface is clay. And as you could see in the match against Alcaraz, his favorite shot is the drop shot, which he executed to perfection many times!
How far can he go? Time will tell! This win tells us the potential is there…
By the looks of it, Maroszan plays with a Babolat Pure Aero 2023. You can tell that from the string pattern and profile of the racquet. It’s not a shock that a player idolizing Rafa swings an Aero! Strings look like RPM Blast Rough, but can be something else. Maybe Denes Timar, who used to be a regular on the Tennisnerd podcast, can loop us in.
Will Maroszan be the next Hungarian tennis superstar after Fucsovics? Yes, but according to Denes, there is more powerful talent to be found in Hungarian tennis.