Musetti Sweeps Past Lopez In Barcelona


Lorenzo Musetti struck 16 winners to power his way into the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell second round on Tuesday afternoon. The #NextGenATP Italian broke Feliciano Lopez’s serve three times and won the final 12 points of the match in a 6-4, 6-3 victory over 69 minutes.

The 19-year-old Musetti won 84 per cent (27/32) of his first-service points against 39-year-old Lopez, who was making his 20th appearance at the ATP 500 clay-court event.

Musetti, who recorded his first Top 10 win over Diego Schwartzman en route to the Abierto Mexicano Telcel presentado por HSBC semi-finals (l. to Tsitsipas), sets up a second-round clash against Canada’s Felix Auger-Aliassime, who is working with Rafael Nadal’s uncle and former coach, Toni Nadal.


Elsewhere, Australia’s Jordan Thompson saved two match points at 4-5 in the deciding set of a 7-6(5), 4-6, 7-6(3) victory over former World No. 7 Richard Gasquet of France in three hours and 17 minutes. Thompson now plays sixth-seeded Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta.

Spain’s Albert Ramos-Vinolas, this year’s Cordoba Open finalist (l. to J. Cerundolo), needed three hours and 12 minutes to defeat 17-year-old qualifier Holger Vitus Nodskov Rune of Denmark 6-7(2), 6-1, 7-6(2).


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