World No. 82 Lorenzo Musetti of Italy will take on Reilly Opelka of the USA, the world no. 46, in the second round of the 2021 Italian Open on Wednesday, May 12. Get the live streaming options of this Lorenzo Musetti v Reilly Opelka match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Lorenzo Musetti v Reilly Opelka Head to Head
The pair have never met before. This will be the first match between the 19-year old Italian, and the American, who is four years older.
Musetti, a Part of New Generation of Italian Players
Musetti is part of the new generation of Italian layers that also includes Jannik Sinner.
Given a wildcard for the tournament, he was drawn against Hubert Hurkasz of Poland the world number 19, twice a winner on the ATP tour already this season.
The first set was a high quality affair, with both men hitting more winners than making unforced errors.
Then serving to stay in the match, Hurkasz made two mistakes, and was made to pay for it, when Musetti produced a return which dipped at his feet, and then hit a winner to take the set.
Musetti then won the first two games of the next set before Hurkasz decided to retire with injury.
The 19-year old reached the third round in Rome last year and he will have high hopes of emulating that feat this time round.
Opelka Ends Losing Sequence in First Round
Opelka went into his match with Richard Gasquet of France in the midst of a long losing sequence that stretched all the way back to the Australian Open in February.
Moreover, he was playing only his second match of the year on clay, a surface that is his least favourite.
Despite that, he defied expectations with a confident performance against the world number 52.
Opelka seized control of the match early, breaking Musetti in his opening service game, and then consolidating his position with a second break.
He raced through the first set in just 19 minutes.
The second set became a service battle, and there were no break points created on either side of the net until the eleventh game, when Gasquet gave the American a chance. He duly took it, and served out the next game.
The entire match had lasted just over an hour and that should give Opelka a lot of recovery time.
Musetti v Opelka Prediction and Tip
Although the lower ranked player, Musetti, a clay court specialist playing in home conditions must start favourite against Opelka, provided that he can deal with the American’s serve.