Two players on the rise will go against each other for the fifth time in the opening round of the ATP Miami Open in Miami, FL, on March 24, 2022.
- Lorenzo Musetti and Alexei Popyrin
- Tennis – ATP Miami Open, First-round
- Date – 24/3/2022
- Starting time – 2 PM ET
- Venue: Miami, Florida
Lorenzo Musetti Stats & Form
Lorenzo Musetti is currently ranked at no. 77 with his best ranking at no. 56.
The Italian has a 6-7 record this season including 3-6 on hard surface.
Musetti has reached the second round in the last two tournaments where he played. At the challenger in Phoenix, he lost 6-3, 6-2 against John Jeffrey Wolf after defeating Popyrin 6-2, 6-2.
Previously in Indian Wells, Musetti lost 6-1, 6-4 against Rilley Opelka after defeating AlexeiMarcos Giron in the first round 6-3, 7-5.
In Dubai, Musetti faced off against Novak Djokovic in the Serbian first match in 2022, losing 6-3, 6-3.
Musetti has his best result this year in Rotterdam where he reached the quarterfinals after going past Hubert Hurkacz and Mikel Ymer in the first two rounds to lose 6-3, 1-6, 7-5 to Jiri Lehecka in the third.
At the Australian Open, Musetii exited in the opening round after winning only a set against Alex De Minaur.
Lorenzo Musetti News
This will be Musetti’s second appearance in Miami after making it to the third round last year. Musetti went past Michael Mmoh and Benoit Paire but lost in the third round to Marin Cilic.
Alexei Popyrin Stats & Form
Alexei Popyrin is currently ranked at no. 94 with his career-best being at no. 59.
The Australian is only 3-10 for the season and hoping that he will be able to improve his form in Miami.
This will be the second consecutive match for Popyrin against Musetti after losing in Phoenix last week 6-2, 6-2.
Popyrin was also eliminated in the opening round in Indian Wells losing 6-3, 7-5 to Tomas Machac.
In Dubai, Popyrin went past two qualifying rounds and defeated Nikoloz Basilashvili in the first round just to lose 6-4, 7-6 to Ricardas Berankis in the second.
At the Australian Open, Popyrin lost in five sets in the first round to Arthur Rinderknech.
Alexei Popyrin News
Just like Musetti, Popyrin also made it to the third round last year in Miami losing to Deniil Medvedev after defeating Rilley Opelka and Feliziano Lopez in the first two rounds.
Lorenzo Musetti and Alexei Popyrin Head-to-Head Stats
These two players have met four times before and each of these matches have finished in straight sets with Musetti having a 3-1 lead.
Lorenzo Musetti and Alexei Popyrin Betting Odds
Lorenzo Musetti is a slight favorite going into this match with -167 odds to win while Alexei Popyrin is at 132.
The total games margin is 21.5 with -167 for over and 128 for under.
Both players have huge potential but none of them has made a major success yet. Musetti is the better player among the two put his main surface is clay while Popyrin enjoys playing on hard. Musetti won the match against Popyrin last week at the challenger in Phoenix and has won the last three matchups overall against the Australian which certainly gives him some sort of advantage.
Popyrin had a great serve and hopefully will be able to take at least one set over the 10.5 games margin, meaning that in that scenario our prediction is very likely to happen. Therefore my suggestion for this game is ever 21.5 games for 1.60.