Italy’s Salvatore Caruso will meet Japan’s Yasutaka Uchiyama in a battle between two unseeded players in the first round of the 2021 Miami Open on Thursday, March 25. The match will be scheduled soon. Get the live streaming options of this Salvatore Caruso v Yasutaka Uchiyama match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
Looking to watch 2021 Miami Open live streaming online?
- For tennis fans in the UK, Europe, Australia & elsewhere go to bet365 > Tennis > Live Streaming here* to watch & bet on the ATP & WTA tennis live.
- Get all the other Miami Open 2021 live streaming options here
*Advertisement. Geo-restrictions apply & pre-funded account needed
Salvatore Caruso v Yasutaka Uchiyama Head to Head
No previous history between the pair. This will be their first meeting on tour.
Caruso Beaten By Isner in Acapulco
Nothing has clicked for Salvatore Caruso since that chastening defeat to countryman Fabio Fognini at the Australian Open. It has been a while, but the Italian hasn’t quite come to terms with it.
Caruso’s three wins this year have all come on Australian soil, two of those at the Great Ocean Road Open where he made the round of 16. He has fared poorly outside Melbourne, where he is still chasing for that elusive first win.
After an underwhelming South American Golden Swing; although it could be argued he drew two difficult first rounds against Gianluca Mager and Roberto Carballes Baena (in Buenos Aires and Santiago), he had little success on his return to hard court tennis.
The 29-year-old did not lay a glove on John Isner in Acapulco last week, as he fell to a 6-4 6-3 defeat to the big serving American. Caruso was a mere spectator for most of the match as he saw 17 aces flash past him, and failed to create a single break point opportunity.
His presence at the Miami Masters this fortnight will mark the first time he will play at the event.
Uchiyama Unconvincing in 2021
Aside from being one of the hardworking players on the Challenger tour, Yasutaka Uchiyama’s opportunities have been scarce at tour level.
In fact, there has only been sporadic progress as a result, with the Japanese posting nine wins on the senior tour throughout his career, having played 29 main draw matches.
Uchiyama’s steady progress on the second tier of the men’s game has seen him improve his year-end ranking in nine of the last 11 seasons. 2019 still remains his personal best, a year in which he won two Challenger titles and attained a career-high ranking of world no.78.
After an injury disrupted 2020, compounded with Covid-19 causing a seismic imbalance on the sport, Uchiyama has dropped outside the world’s top 100. And this year hasn’t started on a positive note, with the 28-year-old garnering a single win, and losing in the first round in four out of five tournaments.
Caruso v Uchiyama Prediction and Tip
One of these two players is finally breaking his duck on Thursday. We reckon this will go the distance given how much is at stake.
Tip: Three sets in the match: 6/4 (bet365)