Former semifinalist Marco Cecchinato will face countryman Lorenzo Musetti in the third round of the 2021 French Open on Saturday, June 5. Get the live streaming options of this Marco Cecchinato v Lorenzo Musetti match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Marco Cecchinato v Lorenzo Musetti Head to Head
Cecchinato and Musetti have not played before this.
Cecchinato Stuns De Minaur
It wasn’t a great day for Australian tennis on Thursday, as two of their highest-ranked players in both men’s and women’s singles draws departed from this year’s French Open.
The writing was on the wall for Ashleigh Barty even before the tournament. Her withdrawal due to injury was not a major surprise, but very few foresaw Marco Cecchinato rolling back the years and living in his 2018 wonderland.
Cecchinato beat the number 21 seed Alex De Minaur in four sets, and remarkably in convincing fashion. The one-handed Italian had looked in great touch coming to the French Open after reaching the final of the Emilia-Romagna Open in his home country.
Cecchinato produced a performance reminiscent of his scintillating 2018 run in which he made the last four. He dropped serve two times in the whole match. Despite having an average first-serve speed of 105 mph (almost 15 mph slower than the Aussie), Cecchinato won an impressive 69% of points behind it.
He broke serve six times out of 14 opportunities, and even after losing the third set, victory was never in doubt.
Musetti Dominates In-form Nishioka
Lorenzo Musetti dominated Japan’s Yoshihito Nishioka to set up an all-Italian third-round match on Saturday. The 19-year-old from Tuscany got the measure of Nishioka, and avenged his most recent defeat which came in Parma against the diminutive Japanese.
Less than two weeks ago, Musetti was beaten quite comprehensively by Nishioka in his home country. And after drawing David Goffin in the first round, his chances of making any inroads at the year’s second Major appeared slim.
But having scaled the Goffin hurdle, Musetti did not take his eyes off the yellow ball. He fought back from going behind in the first set and took matters into his own hands. The Italian teenager fired 39 winners to just 24 unforced errors, and his Grand Slam debut is turning into a dream week.
Musetti will play fellow countryman Marco Cecchinato with a spot in the fourth round and a guaranteed place in the second week up for grabs.
Cecchinato v Musetti Prediction and Tip
This should be a great spectacle between two elegant one-handers. The form that both players are in right now should make this match even more compelling.
Cecchinato has the ability to conjure up dazzling angled shots from the back of the court. Even for a player of Musetti’s quickness, this could spell trouble. But the younger Italian does not have any shortage in the craft department. Sitting on the fence could be a very wise option here.