Lorenzo Musetti will look to enhance his claims of competing in a prestigious end-of-season ATP Tour event when he makes his Astana Open debut this week

21.09.2021    Views: 193
Source: KTF press-service
Author:

Courtney Walsh

Lorenzo Musetti will look to enhance his claims of competing in a prestigious end-of-season ATP Tour event when he makes his Astana Open debut this week.

The Italian, who will play qualifier Marc Polmans in the opening round on Tuesday, sits sixth in the ATP Tour’s Race To Milan and is in a strong position to qualify for the 21-and-under tournament in November.

US Open semi finalist Felix Auger-Aliassime, Jannick Sinner, Sebastian Korda and Carlos Alcaraz have already qualified for the eight man Intesa Sanpaolo Next Gen ATP Finals, which will be played from 9-13 November.

Musetti sits in sixth position with 856 FedEx ATP Ranking points and is within reach of fifth-placed American Jenson Brooksby. He holds a healthy 307 point advantage on ninth-placed Holger Rune.

The 19-year-old was beaten in the second round of the US Open by Reilly Opelka in his most recent tournament. In June, he led world No. 1 and eventual French Open champion Novak Djokovic by two sets at Roland Garros in their fourth round match.

Despite retiring when trailing 6-7 (7) 6-7 (2) 6-1 6-0 4-0, the right-hander’s superb play in the first two sets caught the eye of tennis fans on site in Paris and watching around the world. Musetti reached the semifinals of an ATP 500 in Acapulco in February and an ATP 250 in Lyon in May when beaten on both occasions by Stefanos Tsitsipas.

In other highlights on Tuesday in Nur-Sultan, inaugural Astana Open champion John Millman will begin his title defense against qualifier Dmitry Popko. Ilya Ivashka, who claimed a maiden ATP Tour title in Winston-Salem in August and then reached the third round of the US Open, will play another qualifier in Elias Ymer.

Polmans, Popko and Ymer proceeded to the main draw from qualifying, which was completed on Monday, with Evgeny Donskoy also progressing. Popko, 24, overcame a first set deficit to defeat Matt Ebden 3-6 6-3 6-4, while Polmans was too strong for Denis Yevseyev when successful 6-4 6-2.

Ymer, the No. 167 of the FedEX ATP Rankings, ousted American Maxime Cressy 6-3 4-6 6-4. Donskoy defeated fellow Russian Pavel Kovol 6-3 7-6 (4) and will play Soon-woo Kwon, who led South Korea to a Davis Cup success over New Zealand last weekend, in the first round.


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