Emil Ruusuvuori knocks out defending champion Jiri Vesely from Tata Open Maharashtra

Talented Emil Ruusuvuori sent packing defending champion Jiri Vesely out of the Tata Open Maharashtra on Friday.

Published: 04th February 2022 05:40 PM  |   Last Updated: 04th February 2022 05:42 PM   |  A+A-

Emil Ruusuvuori beat defending champion Jiri Vesely in straight sets to enter Tata Open Maharashtra semis.

Emil Ruusuvuori beat defending champion Jiri Vesely in straight sets to enter Tata Open Maharashtra semis. (Photo | Tata Open Maharashtra Twitter)


PUNE: Kamil Majchrzak pulled off the second big upset of the tournament by knocking second seed Lorenzo Musetti out of Tata Open Maharashtra while talented Emil Ruusuvuori sent packing defending champion Jiri Vesely here on Friday.

Returning extremely well and using the drop shots quite effectively, the 95th ranked Polish player eked out a 6-2 7-6(5) 6-4 win over the world number 66 in two hours and 13 minutes to advance to the semifinals.

The top seed and world number 15 Aslan Karatsev has already exited the event after a loss in the second round at the hands of qualifier Elias Ymer.

After his match, Majchrzak revealed that he developed the habit of playing drop shots in his early tennis days.

"I like to play drop shots since childhood. I used to play to finish points but on the Tour I can't do it, I need a follow-up shot for winner," said the 26-year-old Majchrzak, who is coached by Sweden's Joakim Nystrom, a 13-time winner on the Tour.

Majchrzak will now clash with Finland's 22-year-old Ruusuvuori, who shocked the title holder from Czech Republic 6-3 6-4 in his quarterfinal.

While the Finnish served and returned with authority, Vesely struggled for accuracy.

It was Ruusuvuori's second win over the Czech having beaten him in Antalya, Turkey in 2021.

Meanwhile, Musetti rued the missed chances against Majchrzak.

"He was serving really good. I am very upset. It was close, I won a very great second set and was leading the third. I could win, I have that feeling. I am sad. I will try to be better next week," a dejected Musetti said.

"He started to play very aggressive. In final game he was 15-40 but served very well. I could do nothing. I had chances but that is tennis. I learnt a lot from this match."

Talking about the conditions, the 19-year-old Italian said it did not suit his game style.

"Not the best surface, I like more slow balls. The ball was coming really fast, it was flying a little bit. Physically I was good but his serving was really good," he said.

Musetti faced a breakpoint in the sixth game after going up 40-15 and dropped serve when his cross court forehand went wide.

It was the Polish player's returns, along with excellent court coverage, that opened up the opportunity.

Majchrzak came out serving next game at love to lead 5-2.

Serving to stay in the set, the young Italian began with a forehand error and ended with a backhand error.

The unforced errors continued to flow from Musetti's racquet as he was trying too hard but he managed to hold his serve in the beginning of the second set, coming out with two big serves at 30-all.

Majchrzak, though, was not only returning well as he also came out serving extremely well to keep the match under his control.

Serving at 2-3 and up 40-30, Musetti served a double fault but returned well to win the deuce point but again unforced error made it back to deuce.

Musetti got his first break opportunity in the next game when he found a passing single backhand winner at 30-all but netted the forehand on next point to let go of the advantage.

In the absence of a break, the second set went into a tie-breaker, in which Musetti led 4-2.

Soon he had three set points.

He wasted the first two but Mazchrzak double faulted on the third to make it one-set all.

The Italian teenager managed to contain his unforced errors and also served well in the decider.

Serving first, he stayed ahead, holding his serves comfortably.

Majchrzak also kept it simple and apart from his huge serves, his use of drop shots to cut short points and intermittent charge at the net was pretty impressive.

In the ninth game, at 30-30, Musetti hit a backhand long to face the first break chance of the third set but used his backhand slices well to stave off the danger.

Majchrzak returned a backhand on far right of Musetti to earn another break chance, which was converted when the Italian made a return error.

Serving for the match, the Polish player saved two break chances with serve and volley before closing the match with a back hand volley winner on his third match point.


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