World No. 120 Carlos Alcaraz of Spain will take on Adrian Mannarino of France, ranked 33rd in the world, in the first round of the 2021 Madrid Open on Sunday, May 2. Get the live streaming options of this Carlos Alcaraz v Adrian Mannarino match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Carlos Alcaraz v Adrian Mannarino Head to Head
The pair have never met before. This will be the first match between the Spanish teenager, only 17, and his French opponent, who is 16 years his senior.
Spanish Teenager Alcaraz Aiming for the Top
Alcaraz has been given a wildcard into the Madrid championship for the first time, and big things are expected of him after making a strong start to his professional career.
He made his senior ATP debut at the Rio Open last year, winning his opening match, and earlier this year, he became the youngest man to qualify for the 2021 Australian Open, winning on this Grand Slam debut.
Victories became a little harder to find after that, but he rediscovered that winning feel in Andalucía, where he got to the semi-finals before losing to compatriot Jaume Munar.
Subsequent to that he was beaten in the first round in Barcelona, and after qualifying for Estoril was defeated at the same stage by Marin Cilic. However, he took the world number 42 to three sets, and made him work hard for his win.
Mannarino Struggles on Clay
Mannarino has lost both of his two previous matches on clay this year, beaten at the first round stage in both Monte Carlo and Barcelona.
That is indicative of his wider career though, with the Frenchman enjoying all his success in hard and grass court events, which are more suited to his aggressive style of play.
2021, though, has not been his best year on tour by a long chalk so far, with his best result coming at the Australian Open, where he reached the third round before losing to Alexander Zverev.
He has only won two matches since, in Singapore and Miami, and would appear to be low in confidence at the moment. What he would hope for is to take his memories from the year-ending season of 2020 as he looks to challenge his opponent in this opener
Alcaraz v Mannarino Prediction and Tip
Although Mannarino is ranked considerably higher in the world, Alcaraz would appear to hold all the cards in this match. He is in form, is playing on home soil, and enjoys playing on clay.