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'My lethal weapon is the backhand down the line,' Lorenzo Musetti warns future rivals

Lorenzo Musetti backhand down the line

Lorenzo Musetti has warned future rivals that his backhand down the line is 'lethal' after using it to beat Michael Mmoh in Miami. 

Musetti didn't quite scale the heights he reached in terms of performance that he did in Acapulco last week, but he was still the dominant player against the American wild card.

The Italian produced a 6-4, 6-4 win, but he found himself 0-40 down when serving for the match - and it was his driven backhand that got him out of trouble.

"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."

"It's really nice. It's my first time here [in Miami]. Last week was a fantastic run in Acapulco.

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"Michael 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's reward for beating Mmoh is a clash against controversial Frenchman Benoit Paire, who has openly admitted he is happy to lose early in tournaments at the moment.

"He's a really nice guy and is a fantastic player," Musetti said. "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."

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