World No. 57 Yoshihito Nishioka of Japan will face 19-year-old Italian Lorenzo Musetti in the second round of the 2021 French Open on Wednesday, June 2. 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
Nishioka won their only meeting in Parma this year, winning the Round of 16 contest 6-3, 6-2.
Nishioka Outduels Tsonga
Yoshihito Nishioka reached the second round of the French Open for the third successive year, as the left-handed Japanese defeated two times French Open semifinalist Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the first round on Monday.
Nishioka, who arrived in Paris after back-to-back quarterfinal appearances in Lyon and Parma, had raced to a two-sets-to-love lead, before Tsonga pulled one back to make things interesting. However, the Japanese ended the former World No. 5’s resilience in the fourth set to wrap up the two-hour-and-52-minute contest 6-4, 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 (7-5).
Nishioka withstood 19 aces and 61 winners from the 2008 Australian Open finalist. However, it was the 73 unforced errors that let down Tsonga against the Japanese, who made just 21 unforced errors in the match.
Ranked 57th in the world, Nishioka came into the tournament with a 7-11 record in 2021. The winner of the 2018 Shenzhen Open and the runner-up at Delray Beach last year, Nishioka had a 0-3 start to the year, before reaching the last eight in Singapore, where he was beaten by Alexander Bublik.
The defeat was followed by three first-round exits before he finally ended the four-match losing streak against Filip Krajinovic in the first round in Madrid, where he was playing as lucky loser.
Nishioka’s most significant performances on clay this year came in Lyon and Parma. He defeated Ugo Humbert and Gael Monfils in Lyon before falling to Stefanos Tsitsipas in the quarterfinals; while in Parma, he knocked out Sam Querrey and Lorenzo Musetti before going down to Sebastian Korda in the last eight.
Musetti Wins on Grand Slam Debut
It’s been a phenomenal few months for 19-year-old Italian Lorenzo Musetti, who made his ATP debut in 2020, reached an ATP 500 semifinal this year, broke into the top 100 and now has won his first match on his Grand Slam debut.
The Italian stunned 13th seed David Goffin in a two-hour-and-18-minute first-round contest on Monday.
After bageling the Belgian in the first set, Musetti thwarted Goffin’s bid to stage a comeback, winning the contest 6-0, 7-5, 7-6 (7-3). The Italian had 13 break point chances in the match and he broke his opponent on six occasions. He also saved six break points in the match, but got broken twice.
Musetti, who won 47% receiving points, struck 23 winners to Goffin’s 37, but made just 27 unforced errors, 21 fewer than his opponent.
The win improved Musetti to 14-8 in 2021. Having already impressed by reaching the third round of the Rome Masters and the semifinals in Sardinia last year, Musetti continued building on those performances in 2o21 and turned heads in Acapulco, where he defeated Diego Schwartzman, Frances Tiafoe and Grigor Dimitrov en route to a first ATP 500 semifinal. However, his run ended with a straight sets defeat to Stefanos Tsitsipas.
Musetti then reached the third round on his Miami Masters debut and followed it with a run to the quarterfinals in Cagliari.
A couple of weeks ago, Musetti had reached his second semifinal of the year, in Lyon. Yet again he defeated higher-ranked opponents in Felix Auger-Aliassime, Sebastian Korda and Aljaz Bedene in the rounds preceding the semifinal, but once again failed to find a way past Tsitsipas despite having taken the first set this time.
Nishioka v Musetti Prediction and Tip
Musetti has definitely been in better form and produced better results against quality opponents over the last one year, however, he will be bothered by the fact that he lost to Nishioka in Parma last week. Expect a good contest with the Musetti winning this one.