- 17 Mar 2021
Musetti, the Australian Open boys’ singles champion in 2019, secured a 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 win over ninth-ranked Schwartzman in a stunning success.
“There is a lot of work, a lot of sacrifice and I think some tears left in my eyes,” the 19-year-old said during his on-court interview. “I’m really proud of myself, but now I’m going to work harder and focus on the next days.”
This guy is here to stay.
— ATP Tour (@atptour) March 17, 2021
Top seed Stefanos Tsitsipas had no such trouble, easing into the second round, where he will face big-serving American John Isner.
The Greek world No 5 beat France’s Benoit Paire 6-3, 6-1, aided by a strong display on serve.
“I didn’t know what to expect from Benoit today,” Tsitsipas said. “I think it’s kind of tricky playing a tournament you haven’t played before.”
On facing 27th-ranked Isner next, Tsitsipas added: “He’s a guy that serves really well so that’s going to be the biggest element and the one thing that I’ll really have to resolve during that match.”
Fourth seed Milos Raonic sent down 13 aces as he defeated American Tommy Paul 7-6 (8-6), 6-4.
In the late match, fifth seed Grigor Dimitrov got past Adrian Mannarino, who retired when trailing 6-4, 3-0.
2014 champion @GrigorDimitrov advances as Adrian Mannarino retires trailing 6-4 3-0.
— Tennis TV (@TennisTV) March 17, 2021