World No. 33, and the number thirty one seed, Carlos Alcaraz of Spain, will take on qualifier Alejandro Tabilo of Chile, the world number 136, in the first round of the 2022 Australian Open on Monday, January 17. Get the live streaming options of this Carlos Alcaraz v Alejandro Tabilo match along with its preview, head-to-head, and tips here.
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Alcaraz v Tabilo Head to Head
The pair have played each other once before, in qualifying for the French Open last May, Alcaraz thrashing the Chilean for the loss of just two games.
Alcaraz One of the Dark Horses?
Some people are already describing Alcaraz as the heir apparent to Rafael Nadal after he burst on to the scene in 2021.
Victory in a Challenger event n May saw him break into the top 100 for the first time, and, two months later, he won his first senior title in Croatia.
As his surge up the rankings continued, he reached the US Open quarter-finals, the youngest to do so in the Open era.
He qualified as the top ranked junior for the season ending Nextgen Finals in Milan, advancing through the round robin stage to beat Sebastian Baez of Argentina and then Sebastian Korda in the final.
This is his second appearance in the main draw in Melbourne. Having reached the second round last year, he could be a dark horse to have a deep run in the tournament.
Tabilo’s Second Appearance in Main Draw in Melbourne
Melbourne has warm memories for Tabilo. He qualified for his first Grand Slam event here two years ago, and went on to reach the second round before losing to John Isner.
He ended 2021 on a high, after winning a Challenger event in Ecuador and reaching the final oi another, and not only did that form help him reach his highest world ranking, he was also picked to partner Cristian Garin in the ATP Cup, playing for Chile.
Despite playing against ranked higher than him, he performed credibly, and did win the last of his three matches, beating Viktor Durasovic of Norway.
In the qualifying competition, he was taken to three sets by James McCabe of Australia in the first round, but then breezed past the challenges of Constant Lestienne of France and Elias Ymer of Sweden in his next two matches.
Alcaraz v Tabilo Prediction and Tip
Given that Alcaraz thrashed Tabilo in their one previous match, it would be most unlikely if the Chilean were to upset the young Spaniard.