TennisSection previews the 2022 Rotterdam Open as JiriLehecka takes on Lorenzo Musetti in the quarterfinal on Friday, February 11th, 2022.
Not many people would have projected Jiri Lehecka and Lorenzo Musetti going face to face in the quarterfinals of the Rotterdam Open. But we do have an unexpected meeting between two vibrant young players on the men’s tour. Who will come out on top?
Jiri Lehecka is making waves at the Rotterdam Open. The 20-year-old Czech came through a pair of qualifying rounds during the weekend before going on to upstage seasoned campaigners in the main draw. Lehecka produced the biggest shock of the tournament until right now when he beat the fifth seed Denis Shapovalov in routine fashion. That was his first ATP win of his young career. And he has gone from strength to strength since then, beating the much-fancied home favorite Botic van de Zandschulp in his next assignment to advance into his first quarterfinal on his main draw debut.
After a frustrating start to the year, Lorenzo Musetti is getting into the thick of the action and has shown terrific response in getting his season back on track at the Rotterdam Open. Musettiupstaged Poland’s No. 1 Hubert Hurkacz on Wednesday to register back-to-back wins for the first time since reaching the fourth round of the French Open last summer. Musetti, who only picked up his first win of the calendar at last week’s Maharashtra Open in India, will now be eyeing a return to the semifinals of an ATP tournament for the first time since Lyon last year. Can the one-handed Italian win the battle of the Next Gen superstars when he faces an in-form Jiri Lehecka?
Jiri Lehecka and Lorenzo are yet to play each other on the ATP Tour. In fact, they have not crossed paths at any level. Friday’s quarterfinal meeting at the Rotterdam Open will be their first official match at tour level. Lehecka is doing his reputation a world of good this week and could be a participant at the Next Gen ATP Finals should this mesmeric run of form continue for the foreseeable future. Musetti, on the other hand, has got plenty of wind in his sails now that he has got the monkey off his back with two consecutive wins. It is such a tough call this one, because none of these players expected to get this far. I’d give a slight edge towards Musetti, who I think has adjusted a few of his glaring problems in recent weeks and seems to be hitting the ball exceptionally well again.
Free Tennis Pick and Prediction: Lorenzo Musetti in 3 sets.
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