Spanish teenager Carlos Alcaraz will kick-start his campaign at the 2021 Andalucia Open with a first round match against Nikola Milojevic on Tuesday, April 6. Get the live streaming options of this Carlos Alcaraz v Nikola Milojevic match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Carlos Alcaraz v Nikola Milojevic Head to Head
The 129th-ranked Milojevic and Alcaraz, ranked 133rd in the world, have never played each other before this.
Talented Alcaraz on a Three-Match Losing Streak
Those who have been following these early days of his career have spoken highly about Alcaraz but he shot to global recognition when he made it to the Great Ocean Road third round with an upset win over David Goffin in early February. Since then, however, the results haven’t quite gone his way and Alcaraz has lost six of the next eight matches he has played.
This includes a second round appearance at the Australian Open too, while winning one match at the Gran Canaria Challenger which was played on clay. Losses in the openers at the Acapulco Open and the Miami Masters were on expected lines but Alcaraz now returns to his favourite surface.
Last year, Alcaraz won three Challenger titles, which were the first three of his career, and all of them came on clay.
Including ITF tournaments and exhibition match results, the Spaniard ended the 2020 season with a 34-7 win-loss record on clay, and it’s that kind of confidence on this surface that should help him start off as a favourite in this match, at least in his own mind.
However, his opponent himself is no less an adversary on clay.
Milojevic Himself a Clay Court Specialist
Serbia’s Milojevic made it to the main draw of this tournament on the back of a couple of qualifying wins and that would have barely come as a surprise to anyone who has watched the way he has gone all season.
The 129th-ranked player’s only matches this season on hard courts came at the Australian Open qualifiers and once he was knocked out in the second round there, Milojevic turned his attention very early in the year to clay.
He has featured in four Challenger competitions on the red dirt since then, winning one title already at Zadar back home and making it as far as the semifinal at Gran Canaria in Spain.
More recently, he featured at this very venue in Marbella in another Challenger – a warmup event before the Andalucia Open – and came through to the quarterfinal. Can he put up a strong resistance against the 17-year-old given the amount of clay court practice he has had all season?
Alcaraz v Milojevic Prediction and Tip
Alcaraz is an obvious choice for the favourite tag at 4/11 but we believe the match might not be that one-sided. Milojevic could go on to win a set here at the very least.
Tip: Milojevic to win a set – Yes: 4/5 (bet365)