Contemporary off successful his first ATP Tour title in Hamburg, #NextGenATP Italian Lorenzo Musetti remained in prime kind on the Plava Laguna Croatia Open Umag on Tuesday. The 20-year-old earned a 6-2, 3-6, 6-1 win towards Slovakia’s Aljaz Bedene.
“I believe I discovered loads from final week,” Musetti stated post-match. “I believe I grew up as a human being, as an expert participant. There have been plenty of troublesome moments on this match, however I arrived in a optimistic approach.
“That is why I gained immediately, as a result of Aljaz was taking part in actually good, particularly within the second set and the start of the third. So it was not simple for me to discover a solution to break his sport.”
Getting into Umag at a career-high of No. 31 within the Pepperstone ATP Rankings, Musetti picked up the place he left off in his Hamburg remaining victory towards Carlos Alcaraz. The Italian eased to the opening set as he showcased his selection from all components of the courtroom earlier than Bedene snapped again within the second set, overcoming an early break deficit as he hit by the courtroom along with his energy sport.
The lads traded breaks early within the deciding set, however it was all Musetti down the stretch. The Italian gained the ultimate 4 video games in convincing vogue, ending the match with a fragile drop shot to shut out a love maintain. After requiring six match factors to dismiss Alcaraz in Hamburg, one was sufficient for Musetti in Umag.
“I got here yesterday [to Umag] so it was not simple to relaxation and to to get better at 100 per cent,” Musetti stated. “I wasn’t positive about my bodily situation however I am very pleased in regards to the win.”
The eighth seed can now look forward to an all-Italian second-round match towards Marco Cecchinato, who was a 6-1, 5-7, 6-2 winner towards Mili Poljicak on Monday. Musetti gained their lone earlier ATP Head2Head assembly in 5 units at Roland Garros in 2021. Earlier this season, the Italians teamed up for the doubles occasion in Marrakech.
“It is a pleasant derby,” Musetti previewed. “We’re actually shut mates. He is considered one of my finest mates on Tour… I am pleased to share the courtroom with him and have a enjoyable battle with him.”
Fifth seed Alex Molcan additionally superior on Tuesday with a 6-2, 7-6(2) win towards Duje Ajdukovic. Slovakia’s Molcan, a three-time tour-level finalist, is in search of his first title this week.
In a see-saw match that featured 10 breaks of serve in 20 video games, Molcan was six of eight on his break probabilities, successful greater than half of return factors towards each first and second serves. From 3-0 within the opening set, seven straight video games went towards serve.
He subsequent faces Spain’s Roberto Carballes Baena, a 6-4, 7-5 winner towards Henri Laaksonen on Monday.
France’s Corentin Moutet scored a 6-4, 6-2 upset towards sixth seed Daniel Altmaier to arrange a second-round assembly with Facundo Bagnis. The Argentine earned a 7-5, 6-3 victory towards countryman Tomas Martin Etcheverry on Tuesday.
Second seed Jannik Sinner (vs. Jaume Munar) and third seed Casper Ruud (vs. Bernabe Zapata Miralles) open their Umag campaigns on Wednesday, with prime seed Carlos Alcaraz (vs. Norbert Gombos) and fourth seed Sebastian Baez (vs. Laslo Djere or Franco Agamenone) set to open play on Thursday.
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