ATP Barcelona: Stefanos Tsitsipas edges Lorenzo Musetti in three sets

Stefanos Tsitsipas will seek his first Barcelona Open title from the third final

by Jovica Ilic
ATP Barcelona: Stefanos Tsitsipas edges Lorenzo Musetti in three sets

Stefanos Tsitsipas and Lorenzo Musetti collided with their one-handed backhands in the Barcelona Open semi-final. Asin the previous three encounters, the Greek emerged at the top, prevailing 6-4, 5-7, 6-3 in two hours and 28 minutes.

Thus, Stefanos advanced to his third Barcelona Open final, seeking the first crown after losing previous title clashes to Rafael Nadal. Tsitsipas played better behind the first and second serve and still had to dig deep to score a win.

Stefanos saved five out of ten break points and earned six breaks from 11 opportunities to emerge at the top and set the title clash against Carlos Alcaraz or Daniel Evans. The 2nd seed hit 28 winners and 21 unforced errors.

Musetti responded with a 26-25 ratio, giving his everything but finishing his run in the semi-final. Tsitsipas landed 20 service winners and rushed to the net over 30 times, standing as the more aggressive player and breaking the rival's resistance with a double break at the start of the final set.

Stefanos Tsitsipas took down Lorezno Musetti in the Barcelona Open semi-final.

Stefanos started the match with a volley winner at the net before placing a volley long at 1-1 to experience an early break. Tsitsipas stayed composed and landed a forehand crosscourt winner in the fourth game to lock the result at 2-2 and gain a boost.

However, Musseti also played well and broke a better-ranked opponent in game seven with a smash winner for 4-3. Instead of building on that, the Italian hit a double fault in the eighth game to experience a break at love and bring the Greek back to 4-4.

Lorenzo squandered a game point at 4-5 and got broken to hand the opener to Stefanos after 44 minutes. Musetti earned a break at the start of the second set with a great forehand and produced two fine holds to forge a 3-1 advantage.

Tsitsipas pulled the break back in game six to level the score at 3-3 and created more chances in game eight. Lorenzo denied them and experienced more issues while serving to stay in the match at 4-5. The Italian saved a match point, held and gained momentum.

The young gun cracked a forehand down the line winner in the 11th game to break the opponent and serve for the set. Lorenzo held at 30 to wrap up the set 7-5 and force a decider. Tsitsipas ended his downfall at the start of the final set after fending off a break point.

The Greek grabbed a break in game two and moved closer to the finish line with another return game at 3-0 after Musetti's loose volley. Lorenzo pulled one break back in game five and reduced the deficit to 4-2. Stefanos moved 5-2 up with a hold at love and forced the rival's mistake in game nine to seal the deal and advance into his third Barcelona Open final.

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