On October 19th, Yoshihito Nishioka of Japan will compete in the second round of the 2022 European Open in Antwerp against clay court specialist Jaume Munar.
Yoshihito Nishioka defeated French qualifier Luca Van Assche in a thrilling match to maintain his chances of earning a seeding slot at the Australian Open the following year. After losing the first set 7-5 to the 18-year-old, Nishioka, whose performance during this autumn season has propelled him to a career-high ranking of No. 39, made amends. It was difficult to pinpoint a specific aspect of his game that was not functioning, but Van Assche deserves praise for playing better tennis and displaying maturity much beyond his years. However, Nishioka took control of this match after the second set, broke the qualifier three times to force a deciding. With so many twists and turns, the third set was just as exciting as the first.
You couldn’t really argue that Jaume Munar was the underdog going into his first-round encounter in Antwerp. His rival Van Rijthoven was skilled and accustomed to the playing circumstances; he had already earned two significant victories in qualifying. But in the longest match of the week so far on Tuesday, he defeated his Dutch rival despite dropping the opening set. After breaking Van Rijthoven at the start of the second set, the Spaniard used his persistent attitude and skill at counterpunching to force his way back into the match. In order to force a decider, he continued to consolidate in each of his service games. Munar also restored parity in the third set after trailing by a break. After the set entered a tiebreak, the winner was determined by a single mini-break.
Yoshihito Nishioka and Jaume Munar are scheduled to face each other in the second round of the 2022 ATP European Open on Wednesday, October 19. The tournament is scheduled to begin on October 17 and end on October 23.
The ATP European Open will have five rounds of action excluding the qualifiers. These are the round of 32, round of 16, quarter-finals, semi-finals and final. The competition’s main draw is set to commence on October 17, 2022 and conclude on October 23, 2022.
|October 17||Round of 32|
|October 19||Round of 16|
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