TennisSection previews the 2021 Barcelona Open as Feliciano Lopez meets Lorenzo Musetti in the First Round on Tuesday, April 20th 2021.
Will Lorenzo Musetti continue to shine on the ATP Tour in 2021 as he looks to beat yet another very experienced player in the First Round of the 2021 Barcelona Open? Will Feliciano Lopez be able to use his experience to give him the edge against a player who plays very similarly to himself but who is much younger? Both players will perform at a very high level here, but only one will make their way to the Second Round. Who will it be?
Feliciano Lopez did not play last week at the 2021 Monte-Carlo Masters to ensure he was ready to play in his home country of Spain at the 2021 Barcelona Open. However, Lopez did get some competitive minutes on the clay under his belt at the 2021 Andalucia Open a couple of weeks ago. Lopez got to the Second Round where he lost to the up and coming Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz in 3 tight sets. Lopez is either a hit or a miss nowadays in tournaments as he is 39 years old and he is just trying to keep his body and mind in shape to ensure he can keep competing at a high level for a couple more years. Lopez will want to ensure he is ready here as he meets another up and comer in Lorenzo Musetti and he wants to prevent the upset.
Lorenzo Musetti did not have a very strong week last week at the 2021 Monte-Carlo Masters, losing to Aslan Karatsev in the First Round in straight sets. However, he did have a strong week the week prior at the 2021 Sardegna Open, making the Quarter-finals. Lorenzo is a great player and his playing style is amazing to watch with his beautiful one-handed backhand always helping him keep his opponent on their toes. Lorenzo Musetti will not want to lose in the first round for two weeks in a row, but he will have to ensure he is at his best as he meets an opponent who is always tough to beat in Feliciano Lopez due to both his flamboyant game and experience.
Feliciano Lopez and Lorenzo Musetti have never met before, with this being their first meeting on the ATP Tour. Although Lorenzo Musetti comes in here having had the better 2021 season and he is up and coming, I see experience prevailing here. Feliciano Lopez and Lorenzo Musetti have the same playing style, but Lopez is a lefty which helps him even more in keeping his opponents on their toes. It will be a tight match, but the experience of Lopez will allow him to target the weak sides of Lorenzo Musetti’s game. Feliciano Lopez will win and make his way to the Second Round of the 2021 Barcelona Open.
Free Tennis Pick and Prediction: Feliciano Lopez to Win.