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    ‘Win & In’ For Musetti, Draper In Milan Group Finale | ATP Tour

    After a dramatic Day 2 which noticed two matches determined in final-set tie-breaks on the Intesa Sanpaolo Subsequent Gen ATP Finals, Thursday’s play guarantees extra thrills, with three semi-final locations nonetheless up for grabs in Milan.

    Lorenzo Musetti and Jack Draper will shut round-robin play with a winner-takes-all showdown within the Crimson Group, the place the undefeated Dominic Stricker has already clinched first place. Brandon Nakashima can also be an ideal 2-0, however may nonetheless be pipped by Jiri Lehecka and Francesco Passaro within the Inexperienced Group for a spot within the semis. Matteo Arnaldi additionally has a possible path into the knockout rounds.

    With a number of qualifying eventualities in play, a high-stakes day of tennis is on faucet on the Allianz Cloud.

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    [2] Lorenzo Musetti (ITA) vs. [3] Jack Draper (GBR)

    No want for any computations right here! This marquee matchup between the 2 highest-ranked gamers within the Milan subject successfully quantities to a standard quarter-final: The winner is thru to the semis whereas the loser will head house for the offseason.

    The primary ATP Head2Head assembly between Musetti and Draper is a rematch of their 2019 Wimbledon juniors quarter-final, which Draper gained on house soil en path to the ultimate. This time it is going to be the Italian with house benefit, although he should overcome disappointment and fatigue from a late-night, five-set defeat to Stricker on Tuesday.

    Draper enters Day 3 on the heels of his first Milan victory, a 1-4, 4-2, 4-3(2), 4-2 outcome in opposition to Chun-Hsin Tseng which eradicated the sixth seed from semi-final rivalry. After dropping the opening set for the second straight match, the Briton used a mid-set pep discuss to show the tables.

    “It’s a fast format, so it’s worthwhile to be sharp,” he mentioned post-match. “Once I sat down for the change of ends on the finish of the primary set, I had an actual go at myself. I mentioned, ‘You’ve bought to be sharper, you’ve bought to be extra switched on and also you’ve bought to be alert out right here’, as a result of it may well go in a short time should you’re not fairly all there. So, I’m glad I mentally turned issues spherical.”

    A fast begin may show crucial in quieting the Milan crowd, who’ve roared in help of the three Italian gamers competing this week.


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    [4] Brandon Nakashima (USA) vs. [8] Francesco Passaro (ITA)

    Regardless of his excellent 2-0 document, Nakashima should want a end in his ultimate match to achieve the semi-finals. However a win for Arnaldi in opposition to Lehecka would take the drama out of this match — no less than for the American, who could be assured of a semi-final place in that state of affairs.

    In all chance, solely a heavy defeat would put Nakashima at risk of a shock exit. After two days of play, the fourth seed matches Stricker with a tournament-best 6-2 set document, however holds a greater games-won proportion than the Swiss after wins in opposition to Arnaldi and Lehecka.

    Passaro, who saved three match factors to defeat fellow Italian Arnaldi on Wednesday, at the moment sits third within the Inexperienced Group however may nonetheless end high if he follows an Arnaldi win with a victory of his personal on Day 3.

    [5] Jiri Lehecka (CZE) vs. [9] Matteo Arnaldi [ITA]

    Lehecka, because of his straight-sets win in opposition to Passaro on Tuesday, is in second place within the Inexperienced Group. A victory in three or 4 units in opposition to Arnaldi would clinch his progress to the semi-finals, although a five-set win may go away him at risk of elimination by proportion of video games gained — supplied Passaro scores a straight-sets victory in opposition to Nakashima.

    For Arnaldi, there is just one path to the semi-finals. The Italian should defeat Lehecka in Thursday’s opening match and obtain assist from Nakashima with a win in opposition to Lehecka. In that state of affairs, Nakashima would win the group, with Arnaldi transferring into second.

    [6] Chun-Hsin Tseng (TPE) vs. [7] Dominic Stricker (SUI)

    Stricker earned his semi-final berth the laborious means by finishing an upset double in opposition to Draper and Musetti, the 2 highest-ranked males within the subject. All eight of the units contested by the Swiss have been determined in tie-breaks as he beat Draper in three and Musetti in 5.

    Whereas Stricker can’t be knocked off his perch atop the Crimson Group, Tseng can be motivated to complete his Milan marketing campaign on a excessive be aware after two straight-sets defeats. The 21-year-old is the second Asian man to compete on the Intesa Sanpaolo Subsequent Gen ATP Finals, following 2017 champ Hyeon Chung.

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