World number nine Diego Schwartzman will be in second round action at the Miami Masters of 2021 when he faces the Japanese 28-year-old Yasutaka Uchiyama in the second round of the 2021 Miami Open on Saturday, March 27. The match is yet to be scheduled. Get the live streaming options of this Diego Schwartzman v Yasutaka Uchiyama match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Diego Schwartzman v Yasutaka Uchiyama Head to Head
No previous matches have been played between Schwartzman and Uchiyama before this.
Schwartzman Hoping to Turn Acapulco Exit Around
It’s been a modest start to the season for Schwartzman and that says a lot because he has already won a title this season. That came in the Buenos Aires Open, where he didn’t drop a single set en route the fifth trophy of his career.
Unfortunately for the Argentine, that has been the only bright spot in 2021, with his remaining eight matches yielding only four wins so far.
Of those remaining four defeats, one came as recently as the Acapulco Open few days ago where Schwartzman was the third seed and yet fell in the first round to Lorenzo Musetti.
Earlier this year, Schwartzman had managed a third round run at the Australian Open and won and lost one match at the ATP Cup as well.
The Argentine will now hope to get past his Japanese opponent in a bid to emulate his best ever showing at the Miami Masters – he had made the third round in the 2017 and 2018 edition of the competitions – but the bigger question is whether he can do it in a way that injects him with a lot more confidence than is the case right now.
Uchiyama Surprises Salvatore in Opener
Not too many would have given the Miami Open debutant, the 28-year-old and 110th-ranked Uchiyama too much of a chance in the opening round here, especially going up against Salvatore Caruso. While Caruso himself hasn’t been in much of a form, he was a whopping 1/3 to win this opener, only for Uchiyama to crash into the Italian’s party.
Uchiyama won 6-3, 6-4, getting an early break of serve in both sets before some sort of a fightback from Salvatore gave him a semblance of a chance. Fortunately for the Japanese player, he quickly shut his opponent out and finished things off quickly.
This was after Uchiyama’s only previous main draw win this season had come in Singapore when he overcame Marc Polmans in the first round there. Such has been a struggle for him, even a couple of Challenger appearances before this competition in Miami resulted in successive opening round defeats.
And now this win. Strange are the ways, at times!
It looks unlikely, however, something like this will repeat against the world number nine.
Schwartzman v Uchiyama Prediction and Tip
No surprise that Schwartzman starts off 1/7 to win this and 2/5 to do that in straight sets. While we think Uchiyama could give his opponent bit of a fight, a straight-set victory looks very likely for the Argentine.
Tip: Schwartzman to win in straight sets: 2/5 (bet365)