Thursday Preview: Musetti, Korda & Kokkinakis Start Miami Campaigns


Three #NextGenATP stars — Lorenzo Musetti, Sebastian Korda and Thiago Seyboth Wild — begin their campaigns on the Miami Open introduced by Itau on Thursday, when there shall be 16 singles and 4 doubles matches. Thanasi Kokkinakis may even make his first look at an ATP Masters 1000 match in virtually three years (2018 Monte-Carlo).

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Musetti, the charismatic 19-year-old, who broke into the Prime 100 of the FedEx ATP Rankings for the primary time on Monday, makes his Miami debut towards American wild card Michael Mmoh within the last match on Butch Buchholz court docket.

The Italian made an enormous impression on the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in October final yr, qualifying for the Rome match and beating Stan Wawrinka and Kei Nishikori en path to the third spherical. Final week, as a qualifier on the Abierto Mexicano Telcel presentado por HSBC, Musetti beat Diego Schwartzman, Frances Tiafoe and Grigor Dimitrov earlier than falling to Stefanos Tsitsipas within the Acapulco semi-finals.

World No. 87 Korda will begin his fourth ATP Masters 1000 match look filled with confidence, having superior to his first ATP Tour last in January on the Delray Seashore Open by VITACOST.com (l. to Hurkacz). The American, who’s the son of Petr Korda, went on to seize his second ATP Challenger Tour title at Quimper (d. Horansky). Solely 10 spots separate the 20-year-old from his first-round opponent in Miami, World No. 77 and 2019 Delray Seashore titlist Radu Albot of Moldova. They are going to contest the 7pm night time session match on Grandstand.

Seyboth Wild, who clinched his first ATP Tour title on the Chile Dove Males+Care Open in Santiago (d. Ruud) final yr, makes his Masters 1000 debut towards Colombia’s Daniel Elahi Galan within the fourth match on Court docket 4.

Tennis followers also can stay up for watching Australia’s Kokkinakis, who received the hearts of many new followers ultimately month’s Australian Open when he took Tsitsipas to 5 units in Melbourne. The 24-year-old, who is continuous his comeback after a collection of accidents lately, takes on fellow qualifier and 17-year-old Shintaro Mochizuki of Japan within the first match on Butch Butchholz court docket.

Additionally on the second present court docket, former World No. 3 and 2016 Cincinnati titlist Marin Cilic, who’s one in all seven former Masters 1000 champions within the Miami draw, meets Guillermo Coria’s brother, Federico Coria of Argentina, whereas South Africa’s Kevin Anderson additionally challenges Thiago Monteiro of Brazil.

Doubles play will get underway on day two with Karen Khachanov and Andrey Rublev going through sixth seeds Wesley Koolhof and Lukasz Kubot. Third seeds Marcel Granollers and Horacio Zeballos, and Felix Auger-Aliassime and Hubert Hurkacz additionally function on the schedule.

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SCHEDULE – THURSDAY, 25 MARCH 2021

GRANDSTAND begin 11:00 am
WTA MATCH
[Q] B. Fratangelo (USA) vs F. Verdasco (ESP)

Not Earlier than 3:00 pm
WTA MATCH

Not Earlier than 7:00 pm
S. Korda (USA) vs R. Albot (MDA)

BUTCH BUCHHOLZ begin 11:00 am
[Q] S. Mochizuki (JPN) vs [Q] T. Kokkinakis (AUS)
J. Chardy (FRA) vs D. Kudla (USA)
M. Cilic (CRO) vs F. Coria (ARG)
[PR] Okay. Anderson (RSA) vs T. Monteiro (BRA)
[WC] M. Mmoh (USA) vs L. Musetti (ITA)

COURT 2 begin 11:00 am
[WC] J. Draper (GBR) vs M. Kukushkin (KAZ)
J. Thompson (AUS) vs F. Delbonis (ARG)
M. Kecmanovic (SRB) vs [Q] L. Broady (GBR)
P. Martinez (ESP) vs T. Sandgren (USA)
C. O’Connell (AUS) vs J. Sousa (POR)

COURT 4 begin 11:00 am
S. Kwon (KOR) vs I. Ivashka (BLR)
S. Caruso (ITA) vs Y. Uchiyama (JPN)
F. Auger-Aliassime (CAN) / H. Hurkacz (POL) vs S. Gille (BEL) / J. Vliegen (BEL)
D. Galan (COL) vs [Q] T. Seyboth Wild (BRA)
A. Bedene (SLO) vs [Q] T. Fabbiano (ITA)

COURT 6 begin 11:00 am
T. Fritz (USA) / J. Isner (USA) vs A. Bublik (KAZ) / A. Mannarino (FRA)
T. Puetz (GER) / A. Zverev (GER) vs [3] M. Granollers (ESP) / H. Zeballos (ARG)
Okay. Khachanov (RUS) / A. Rublev (RUS) vs [6] W. Koolhof (NED) / L. Kubot (POL)

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