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Carlos Alcaraz – Can he become the Best Spanish Player?

The 19-year-old Spaniard is making waves, not only in Spain but in the tennis world, because at his young age he is already fourth in the ATP rankings and is depending on himself to be higher, even to be first. However, Alcaraz must reach the final stages to get enough points to overtake at least his compatriot and tennis legend Rafael Nadal.

Alcaraz Roland US Open

In this edition of the US Open, Alcaraz is seeded third, behind Medvedev and Nadal. This makes him one of the favourites to surprise everyone and get his first Grand Slam, but first, he will have to overcome great rivals, the young Spaniard was placed in one of the most difficult keys.

Although the boy has many possibilities to win the tournament, I think that at least he will surpass Rafa Nadal in the ATP Ranking and will be the new Spanish reference.

Chances of becoming champion

It is useful to know who Carlos Alcaraz’s likely opponents are in case he gets through each round to have a more objective opinion on whether Alcaraz has a chance of winning the US Open or not. It is also important to know how he performed in the last tournament, and what his strengths and weaknesses are.

Potential opponents in each round

In the first round Sebastian Baez will be his opponent, the Spaniard already beat the Argentinean last year, who performs better on other types of surfaces.

If he reaches the next round, he could meet Federico Coria or Tallon Griekspoor, both of them are an easy challenge for Alcaraz. 

In the third round Carlos would have the first big obstacle, if the forecasts do not fail, the recent champion of Cincinnati, the Croatian Borna Coric should be his rival.

In the round of 16, the supposed candidate would be Marin Cilic, champion of the US Open 2014, the Croatian was left out of the Cincinnati Open after losing precisely with Alcaraz.

In the quarter-finals, there are two possible candidates, Polish Hubert Hurkacz, who has a powerful serve, and Italian Jannik Sinner, who eliminated Carlos at Wimbledon this year.

Unless Rafa Nadal fails against the British Cameron Norrie or another player, El Matador should reach the semifinals, we would have an exciting duel of Spaniards.

On the other side, the main candidate to reach the final is the Russian Daniil Medvedev, unless Aliassime or Tsitsipas could surprise everyone. In any case, Carlos Alcaraz would have a very strong opponent.

Quarter-finals at the US Open 2021

The previous edition of the US Open was the first for Carlos Alcaraz, in his debut he had a great performance, in which he reached the quarterfinals. From the first round, the Spaniard had a very difficult opponent, on that occasion he met the British Cameron Norrie, whom he defeated in 3 sets, then he beat Arthur Rinderknech 3-1 and then one of his most exciting victories was 3-2 against Tsitsipas.

The demanding rhythm of the tournament caused Alcaraz to begin to feel discomfort, but he still defeated Peter Gojowczyk in the round of 16. Carlos Alcaraz continued with the discomfort, his performance dropped a little against the Canadian Auger-Aliassime, he forced his body to face the match but he could only resist until the middle of the second set, then he decided to retire.

Conclusion

The young Spaniard has shown he has the qualities to overcome big challenges, maybe the lack of experience has played against him, in any case, he needs to correct certain details. If he enters the final stages of the US Open, or not, will depend on himself, he just needs to maintain a balanced level, without lack of concentration. We expect him to have a similar performance to the last tournament, and if he manages to show his best version in each round he could sneak into the top four.

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