Acapulco Open: Frances Tiafoe vs. Lorenzo Musetti 3/17/21 Tennis Prediction

Acapulco Open: Frances Tiafoe vs. Lorenzo Musetti 3/17/21 Tennis Prediction Photo by Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Frances Tiafoe vs. Lorenzo Musetti - 2021 Acapulco Open Round of 16

Wednesday March 17th, 2021 / 8:00pm EST

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A very exciting Round of 16 match awaits us at the 2021 Acapulco Open in Mexico. Unseeded players Frances Tiafoe of the United States and Italian Lorenzo Musetti will play each other on Wednesday March 17th, 2021 at 8:00pm EST.

Who will win and advance to the Quarter-Finals? Will it be the talented Frances Tiafoe? Or can the young Italian star Lorenzo Musetti cause yet another huge upset in his short career?

Frances Tiafoe is currently ranked #56 in the world, and will be seeking a strong season in 2021 to get his ranking back up to where it used to be. A very powerful player, he has had some success thus far, notably his heroic match against Novak Djokovic at the Australian where he was unlucky not to have won. He has started his 2021 Acapulco Open campaign with a very close win over Brandon Nakashima, in a match that he was expected to win comfortable. Despite the score line, he will be delighted to have won and will be looking to use all of his experience against the young phenom Musetti.

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Lorenzo Musetti is currently ranked #114 in the world and is a rising star of the ATP Tour. He is famous for his exploits at the Italian Open in 2020, stunning the tennis world by defeating Kei Nishikori and Stan Wawrinka en route to the Round of 16. He has largely failed to build on those performances, mainly playing on the Challenger Tour since. However, he again shocked the world by defeating the in-form Diego Schwartzman here in the First Round. He has a big game and is playing full of confidence. While he is again the underdog here against Tiafoe, he clearly isn’t afraid of a challenge and will be a very dangerous opponent here.

This match is likely going to go the distance, with the young Italian riding a huge wave of momentum. While I certainly wouldn’t be shocked if he pulled off yet another upset, I think Tiafoe’s experience is going to be the difference here, and he will be able to overcome the challenge. Frances Tiafoe to win yet another three-setter, advancing to the Quarter-Finals.

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Andrew’s Pick Frances Tiafoe to win.

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.

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