Date: 21 April 2022.
Tournament: Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell 2022.
Round: Third Round (Round of 16).
Venue: Real Club de Tenis Barcelona.
Category: ATP 500.
Surface: Outdoor clay.
Prize money: €2,661,825.
Live telecast: USA - Tennis Channel | UK - Amazon Prime Video.
Diego Schwartzman vs Lorenzo Musetti preview
Sixth seed Diego Schwartzman will lock horns with Italy's Lorenzo Musetti in the third round of the 2022 Barcelona Open on Thursday.
Schwartzman has had a good run on clay this year. He finished as the runner-up at the Argentina Open and the Rio Open in February. At last week's Monte-Carlo Masters, he defeated Karen Khachanov, Marton Fucsovics and Lorenzo Musetti to reach the quarterfinals.
Schwartzman put up a huge fight but lost to eventual champion Stefanos Tsitsipas in three sets in the last eight. Nevertheless, he was the only player to win a set against the World No. 5 all week.
At the Barcelona Open, the World No. 15 received a first-round bye. Schwartzman faced Mackenzie McDonald in the second round and defeated the American with relative ease, winning 6-2, 6-2.
Lorenzo Musetti, meanwhile, has found his form on clay after a disappointing start to the season.
The Italian reached the quarterfinals of Grand Prix Hassan II, defeating experienced claycourters Albert Ramos-Vinolas and Carlos Taberner along the way.
At the Monte-Carlo Masters, Musetti defeated Benoit Paire in three sets in the first round. He scored his second win over a top-10 player by defeating Felix Auger-Aliassime in straight sets in the second round. The Italian lost to Schwartzman in three sets in the third round.
Musetti kicked off his Barcelona Open campaign with a straight-sets win over Sebastian Baez. He then knocked out 12th seed Dan Evans in the second round, winning 6-4, 7-6(8).
Diego Schwartzman vs Lorenzo Musetti head-to-head
The duo have split their two meetings so far, so the head-to-head is tied at 1-1. Both of their matches have gone the distance, with Schwartzman winning their most recent encounter 2-6, 6-4, 6-3 at last week's Monte-Carlo Masters.
Diego Schwartzman vs Lorenzo Musetti odds
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Diego Schwartzman vs Lorenzo Musetti prediction
Just a week after their enthralling encounter at the Monte-Carlo Masters, the two players are set to clash once again. Musetti led by a set and a break in Monaco, but Schwartzman staged a stunning comeback to defeat the youngster. The Italian will now be eager to avenge that loss.
Schwartzman is an excellent returner and has won over 35 of his return games so far this season. The Argentine also has some wheels on him and is one of the best movers on the court.
Musetti, meanwhile, plays with a certain flair, with his one-handed backhand troubling his opponents and delighting his fans in equal measure. The Italian has a pretty decent serve on clay, but against a capable returner like Schwartzman, even a minor slip-up will be heavily penalized.
Their last match produced some fine shotmaking, with the constant back and forth adding to the excitement. Having played against each other so recently, they'll head into this encounter knowing exactly what to expect.
The match will likely be decided by fine margins, with Schwartzman's experience possibly giving him the upper hand.
Pick: Diego Schwartzman to win in three sets.
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