TennisSection previews the 2021 Astana Open as Lorenzo Musetti takes on Marc Polmans in the Round of 32 on Tuesday, September 21st, 2021.
Will Marc Polmans be able to get a big win under his belt to continue his journey as he aims to get himself as a mainstay in ATP 250s? Will Lorenzo Musetti be able to get back the form he showed for the first half of 2021 as he enters these last 2 months of the 2021 ATP Tour season? Both players will need to wear off some rust, and it is really anyone’s game. However, only one will make their way to the Round of 16 of the 2021 Astana Open.
Lorenzo Musetti has been having a “break-out” year, having reached the latter stages of several tournaments and challenging some top players. He has a great opportunity to kick off his Astana Open campaign of 2021 here with a pretty unknown opponent in Marc Polmans. Polmans got through from qualifying, and his ranking and results do not even closely resemble that of Musetti, who isn’t ranked particularly high himself at the moment. Musetti should be feeling confident about translating his very talented and versatile game to the hard courts of Turkey. I feel like Musetti will serve great, and rally well from the back of the court and start to incorporate more aggressive elements into his game as he attempts to move on to the Round of 16.
Marc Polmans got through from qualifying, and ranked at 165 in the world, it’s safe to say that he is definitely not the favorite to move through to the next round. Lorenzo Musetti will surely present many challenges to Polmans, using his heavy groundstrokes to pull Polmans off the court and close well, with his very natural touch and net play. For Polmans to pull off the win, he will have to return really aggressively, Musetti is young, and while he’s talented he has his fair share of problems, including some errors in his forehand which resemble that of Gasquet’s, as well as defending, and not just off that forehand wing. If Polmans can take advantage of that, then I think he can definitely present a challenge to the young and still not entirely stable Musetti, let’s see if he can give us a match as the two players clash for a spot in the Round of 16 at the 2021 Astana Open.
Lorenzo Musetti and Marc Polmans have never met before, with this being their first career meeting. It’s not too diverse of a matchup, with both players playing some relatively conventional tennis, however, Musetti is a very diverse player with many talents, and if he wants to go even further than the Round of 16, he will need to play some aggressive tennis, taking the ball early and going to the net often. He will want to play almost like Roger Federer, and while it is most certainly much easier said than done, that’s the type of game that he will need to play in order to get better, especially for a court like the one that he’ll be playing on this week at the 2021 Astana Open.
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