Lorenzo Musetti Returns To Clay With Buenos Aires Win | ATP Tour
Lorenzo Musetti gained his first ATP Tour title on the clay of Hamburg final July, defeating fellow Argentina Open seed Carlos Alcaraz within the remaining. In his first match on the floor in practically seven months, the Italian eased again into the win column with a 6-2, 6-3 win in opposition to dwelling favorite Pedro Cachin on Thursday in Buenos Aires.
Affected person however aggressive in his match debut, Musetti opened the courtroom repeatedly to earn his first victory since he gained 4 straight matches on the United Cup. He created 10 break factors, changing half, and sealed the win by claiming the ultimate three video games of the one-hour, 25-minute contest.
“It was not simple as a result of Pedro was taking part in good. It was his second spherical and for me it was the primary match right here,” the third seed stated. “I really feel nice. I felt nice from once I arrived right here. I really feel at dwelling even when we’re in Argentina. I believe Italian tradition and Argentinian tradition is actually shut. So I am pleased with the win as a result of I performed nice tennis.”
Coming into the week as World No. 20, Musetti is up two locations to No. 18 within the Pepperstone ATP Stay Rankings, a mark which might match his profession excessive. He’ll meet qualifier Juan Pablo Varillas in Friday’s quarter-finals after the Peruvian defeated Dominic Thiem 6-4, 6-4 earlier within the day.
“He beat Thiem so I believe he is taking part in fairly properly,” Musetti stated forward of the pair’s first ATP Head2Head assembly. “I’ve to give attention to my recreation and focus on myself and attempt to play, like immediately, actually strong.”
Within the draw’s high half, fifth seed Francisco Cerundolo cruised into the quarter-finals with a 6-2, 6-1 win in opposition to Spain’s Jaume Munar. One in all two Argentines within the quarter-finals, alongside Tomas Martin Etcheverry, Cerundolo will subsequent play Spain’s Bernabe Zapata Miralles.
Zapata Miralles upset fourth seed Diego Schwartzman 6-1, 6-3 to shut Thursday’s play on the ATP 250. It was a second opening-match defeat for in as many weeks for the Argentine, who was additionally knocked out within the Cordoba opening spherical on dwelling soil.
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