Rising Italian star Lorenzo Musetti arrived to the Miami Masters confident following his Acapulco run last week and it showed during his Miami opener on Thursday night. Musetti, who made the Acapulco semifinal last week before losing to eventual runner-up Stefanos Tsitsipas, handed a 6-4 6-4 loss to fellow rising star Michael Mmoh in the Miami first round.
Musetti, who is enjoying a career-high ranking of No. 94 in the world, is making his Miami debut this week. "It's really nice. It's my first time here [in Miami]. Last week was a fantastic run in Acapulco," Musetti said in his on-court interview, as revealed on the ATP website.
"Michael, I knew he was a great opponent. I played a really good match, it was a tough match. [It was] really intense and I really enjoyed [playing] here. I'm really happy."
Musetti claimed a routine win
Mmoh recovered from an early break down in the first set but Musetti claimed his second break in the ninth game, before serving out for the opener in the following game.
The Italian then broke the American in the opening game of the second set and then held on to his serve the rest of the set to seal a straight-set win. "I think my lethal weapon is the backhand down the line," Musetti said.
"It was a really tough moment [and] I came out with a fantastic backhand down the line. I think it's one of my keys [to] improving my game." Musetti plays next against No. 23 seed Benoit Paire, who was in the stands watching his match against Mmoh.
"He's a really nice guy and is a fantastic player," Musetti said of Paire. "He has had a lot of ups and downs in his career, but I think he plays incredible tennis. It will be really tough, but for sure it will be fun and a great experience."