Will Tsitsipas also feel the dominance of Alcaraz?
Carlos Alcaraz has played 37 matches so far in the 2023 tennis year and has celebrated 34 victories. The Spaniard has competed in seven tournaments, four of which he won, thus not only confirming his lead in the world rankings but even extending it. The man from Murcia has already spent a total of 21 weeks at the top of the rankings, and after his US Open triumph last year, the then 19-year-old also advanced to become the youngest world number one of all time.
On his way to his second Grand Slam victory, the protégé of former clay court specialist Juan Carlos Ferrero will now face another big name on Tuesday. In the quarter-finals of the French Open 2023, the duel between Alcaraz and Tsitsipas – this prediction must be allowed – is the absolute highlight. We are looking forward to a high-class match, which, however, could once again take a relatively one-sided course. As so often in matches involving Carlito…
Although his Greek opponent already reached the final at Roland Garros two years ago and has also had a strong clay court preparation, the winning odds underline quite clearly that a bet on the designated heir to Rafael Nadal’s throne is virtually without alternative before the Alcaraz vs.
Carlos Alcaraz – Statistics & current form
Carlos Alcaraz is simply a phenomenon. A talent of the century. A player who many experts even believe can break the incredible records of a Djokovic, Nadal or Federer. Despite being only 20 years old, the Spaniard already won his first Grand Slam in Flushing Meadows last year, and in Paris next Sunday he will at best lift the second winner’s trophy at one of the four biggest tennis tournaments in the world.
The chances of that are pretty good, because it is fair to say that the world number one has made one of the strongest impressions on the red clay in the French capital so far. Only a short phase of weakness in his second-round match against Taro Daniel led to a set loss. The youngster from Murcia won all the other twelve sets. Only once did an opponent manage more than four games during one round.
Alcaraz marches from victory to victory
The dominance that Carlito also displayed in his round of 16 match against the hitherto unblemished Italian Lorenzo Musetti is in any case reason enough to play the odds on a commanding success for the Spaniard in Tuesday’s quarter-final between Alcaraz and Tsitsipas as well. Alcaraz hit a total of 42 winners against his opponent, who is one year older than him, committed only 23 simple errors and was able to score every second point when Musetti placed his first serve in the field. Unbelievable!
With such impressive return strength and enviable mental maturity, it’s so hard to win even one set against the Madrid and Barcelona Masters winners. Since we can hardly imagine a scenario where Alcaraz has to leave his comfort zone and suddenly collapses, we believe that in the duel of the world number one against the number five, Alcaraz against Tsitsipas, the prediction of an outright 3-0 set win for the favourite could be the right choice.
Stefanos Tsitsipas – statistics & current form
In the past, Stefanos Tsitsipas often struggled a bit to show his best tennis at Grand Slam tournaments. Last year, for example, the Greek failed to get past the opening hurdle at the US Open, did not make it past round three at Wimbledon and also had to bow out in the last 16 on his favourite surface, the clay court, at the French Open.
In 2023, however, he made it to the last eight in Paris for the third time in his career. In his two previous attempts, he even made it to at least the semi-finals, and both times he won in the quarter-finals. On Tuesday, however, the odds between Alcaraz and Tsitsipas do not necessarily suggest that the 24-year-old right-hander from Athens will advance to the final round.
Tsitsipas has hardly been challenged so far – a disadvantage?
Tsitsipas has hardly been challenged so far – a disadvantage?
This assessment cannot even be explained by a serious weakness on Stef’s part, but instead by the almost unreal strength of Carlos Alcaraz. Tsitsipas himself has everything it takes to give the world number one a duel on a par. The 2021 finalist recently celebrated three three-set wins in a row and even gave his Austrian opponent Sebastian Ofner a bagel in the last set of the last 16 (6:0).
Although the results so far read pretty good on paper, it should not be forgotten that no opponent has come close to the qualities of Carlos Alcaraz. It will therefore be exciting to see whether Tsitsipas, who tends to stray with his forehand and has not always been able to rely on his one-handed backhand in important phases in the recent past, will be able to raise his own level or whether he will be literally crushed by Carlito’s shots on Tuesday.
Carlos Alcaraz – Stefanos Tsitsipas Direct comparison / H2H record
It’s always a good feeling for a player to know that you’ve already beaten your opponent on tour. Stefanos Tsitsipas, however, does not yet know this feeling against Carlos Alcaraz. The two top ten players have played four matches so far and in all four cases the Greek had to congratulate his Spanish opponent on the victory. The last direct duel took place about one and a half months ago at the Masters in Barcelona, when Alcaraz won the final against Tsitsipas 6:3 and 6:4 in two sets.
Carlos Alcaraz – Stefanos Tsitsipas Tip
In these first ten days of the French Open 2023 in Paris, the wind plays an overriding role. Some favourites have already failed due to the sometimes unusual conditions, while others are not at all rattled by the more difficult conditions. Carlos Alcaraz, for example. The Spanish world number one marches from victory to victory, dominates his opponents at will and has dropped a maximum of four games in eleven of 13 sets.
His quarter-final opponent from Greece can also look back on a sovereign tournament run according to plan, even though the 24-year-old was also lucky to draw inexperienced players or players with poor form. In the direct duel, however, everything points to a victory for Carlito. This is also underlined by the Alcaraz vs. Tsitsipas betting odds, which are only just over 1.20 for the favourite to win.
The world number one has not only won two Masters on clay in preparation and won 34 of his 37 matches this season, but also has a 4-0 record against his upcoming opponent. Because the 20-year-old top talent has not shown any weaknesses so far and is very dominant, we can well imagine that in Tuesday’s quarter-final Alcaraz vs Tsitsipas the tip on another 3:0 victory for the Spaniard will come true.