TennisSection previews the 2022 Next Gen ATP Finals as Jiri Lehecka takes on Matteo Arnaldi in the Group Stage on Thursday, November 10th, 2022.
None of the four players in the Green Group of the Next Gen ATP Finals are certain of their qualification into the semis. So that means the final Round Robin matches on Thursday will settle the scores. Jiri Lehecka will look to seal his place by beating Italy’s Matteo Arnaldi. Who will prevail?
After opening his Next Gen ATP Finals account with a quick straight sets victory over Francesco Passaro, Jiri Lehecka came crashing down against the in-form Brandon Nakashima. The American, who is the highest-ranked player in the group, hammered some crunching forehands that proved destructive against the defenses of Lehecka. The Czech, momentarily, recovered in the second set and even had a lead in third, but could not sustain his level of play for long. Lehecka will now go into a do-or-die clash against Matteo Arnaldi with a semifinals place on the line.
Matteo Arnaldi is yet to be eliminated despite losing both of his matches at the Next Gen ATP Finals. The 21-year-old had his best chance to get on the board, but fluffed his lines in one pressure moment after another before falling to a five-set defeat against Francesco Passaro. The all-Italian clash appeared settled in favor of Arnaldi. He held three match points but still came up short in the final-set tiebreak in the longest match at the tournament which lasted two hours and 40 minutes.
Jiri Lehecka and Matteo Arnaldi have not clashed at any level before this. Thursday’s match at the Next Gen ATP Finals will be their first official meeting. Lehecka’s level dipped against Nakashima, but he was outplayed by a superior opponent. Arnaldi will be licking his wounds from that devastating five-set defeat against Passaro, although he played very well. Still, the Czech will be slightly favored to make the cut into the semis.
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