World number 60 Yoshihito Nishioka faces a tough challenge in the form of the 76th-ranked Lorenzo Musetti in the second round of the 2021 Parma Open on Wednesday, May 26. Get the live streaming options of this Yoshihito Nishioka v Lorenzo Musetti match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Yoshihito Nishioka v Lorenzo Musetti Head to Head
No previous matches have been played between Nishioka and Musetti before this.
Nishioka Improving on Clay
After making a horrid start to his season on hard court surfaces, Nishioka’s transition during the clay swing has been relieving.
He was 2-7 on hard court surfaces in 2021 before making the second round at the Madrid Masters as a qualifier and then entering the Lyon Open quarterfinal – both competitions that came on clay.
Whether he can continue the same run remains to be seen but he sure had his difficulties getting past a player with odds of 3/1 associated with him at the start of the match. Sam Querrey has been a tough nut to crack at his best but hasn’t been much of form on clay but the Japanese player needed three sets and two hours to get past him.
Nishioka overcame the loss of the first set to register a 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (3) victory and march into the second round where he will face an even stiffer challenge.
Musetti Continues to Make New Ground
At the start of the 2020 season, Musetti was ranked 364th in the world. Today he has risen to his career-best of 76th, and that has been thanks to the Challenger tournament he won last season but more vitally because of two ATP tournament semifinals he has appeared in this year.
He made it that far at the Acapulco Open where he had begun as a qualifier and then shocked Felix Auger-Aliassime, Sebastian Korda and Aljaz Bedene last week to march into the semifinals in Lyon.
Here, first up, Musetti was stretched to a third set like Nishioka, having to turn the first set deficit into a win. He won 4-6, 6-1, 6-2 against Gianluca Mager to make the second round.
Musetti, who had failed to qualify for the Australian Open, is on the verge of playing his first ever main draw match at a Grand Slam and a bit of practice wouldn’t do harm.
Nishioka v Musetti Prediction and Tip
It comes as no big surprise Musetti is 1/3 to win this but it could up being a fighting match. One that sees over 21.5 games in the match.