World number 64 Feliciano Lopez will take on fellow Spaniard and 22 years his junior Carlos Alcaraz in the second round of the 2021 Andalucia Open on Thursday, April 8. Get the live streaming options of this Feliciano Lopez v Carlos Alcaraz match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Feliciano Lopez v Carlos Alcaraz Head to Head
Lopez and Alcaraz will be facing off in a competitive match for the first time.
Lopez Tames Taro Easily
Lopez’s only wins this season had come at the Australian Open where he got past two of his opponents to reach the third round where he went down to Andrey Rublev. Apart from that showing, the Spaniard had played in four tournaments this season and lost in the first round at all of them.
In fact, since tennis resumed following the pandemic-induced break, Lopez’s best performance had come in the Kitzbuhel Open where he reached the quarterfinal by winning a couple of rounds. A first round exit at the French Open followed soon after.
Which meant that entering this tournament, Lopez hadn’t had too many wins under his belt and the confidence for the former world number 12 was probably not at its highest.
Fortunately for the Spaniard, Taro Daniel did not prove to be much of a competition in their first round match as Lopez went on to win 6-4, 6-4 in an hour and 29 minutes. Lopez struck twice, one break in each set, to complete the straight-set win while stalling four break-points on his serve.
His real test comes now as he takes on teenage sensation Alcaraz for a place in the quarterfinals.
Alcaraz Ousts Milojevic
In a two-set battle that lasted an hour and 39 minutes, Alcaraz got the better of Nikola Milojevic to seal a second round berth of an ATP competition for the second time this season.
The first set was a cagey battle on serve, which saw neither player get too many opportunities to get the better of the opponent’s service. In fact, the only break-point of the entire set came in the third game but Milojevic staved it off easily and the set proceeded into a tie-breaker.
Alcaraz proved to be too good for his opponent there, getting himself three mini-breaks and converting it into a 7-3 scoreline.
Milojevic responded with an early break in the second set and a 2-0 lead but Alcaraz then got himself a flurry of break-points in the fourth, sixth and eighth games. He missed out on the break in the fourth game but broke in the next two before serving it out to love.
The Spanish teenager is a clay court specialist, having won three Challenger titles last year on this surface and he would look to enter his first such quarterfinal at the highest level too.
Lopez v Alcaraz Prediction and Tip
Alcaraz’s talent is well-chronicled and he starts out as 4/11 favourite to win this. We believe he could run away with this one and despite Lopez’s experience, Alcaraz in two is what we are going with.
Tip: Alcaraz to win in straight sets: 5/6 (bet365)