Stefanos Tsitsipas is scheduled to face Carlos Alcaraz in the Round of 16 of the Miami Open 2022

Stefanos Tsitsipas is seeded no. 3 in the tournament and is a set to take on the 14th seed Carlos Alcaraz in what promises to be an intense encounter. Tsitsipas started his journey at the Miami Open with a 6-4, 6-7, 6-1 win against J.J Wolf in the first round followed by a 6-4, 6-3 win over Australia’s Alex de Minaur.

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Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas celebrates his victory over Alex de Minaur of Australia on day five of the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Ahoy Rotterdam, on February 11, 2022. – Netherlands OUT (Photo by Sander Koning / ANP / AFP) / Netherlands OUT (Photo by SANDER KONING/ANP/AFP via Getty Images)

Meanwhile, 18-year old Carlos Alcaraz is in sublime form this year and hasn’t dropped a single set so far in this ATP-1000 event. Alcaraz defeated Marton Fucsovics 6-3, 6-2 in the opening round followed by a comprehensive 6-4, 6-4 victory against Marin Cilic in the Round of 32.

It’s very difficult to separate the two on paper, especially considering their present form. Tsitsipas and Alcaraz have faced each other only once before in the ATP professional circuit – US Open 2021. Alcaraz came out on top on the occasion in the Round of 32 match. Alcaraz is having an incredible run since the start of 2022 and we predict a win in three sets for the lower seed on this occasion.

Is Carlos Alcaraz the next big thing in men’s tennis?

Carlos Alcaraz is often compared to his idol Rafael Nadal. Left-handed, Spanish, strong on clay surfaces – too much in common isn’t it? Well, there is definitely something more to it. The potential, the talent and the precise execution, Alcaraz has it in abundance. When you watch Alcaraz play, you can definitely relate him to Nadal in the early stages of his career. Alcaraz has been considered the next big thing in tennis for quite sometime now. Is it finally time for Alcaraz to put his name for reckoning along with the big boys?

Carlos Alcaraz has been compared to some of the best in the world by his coach
Carlos Alcaraz

Alcaraz won the Rio Open last month. The tournament was played on a clay surface, a good warm-up event leading to the Roland Garos which is played on clay surface. Alcaraz became the youngest ever ATP 500 champion after defeating Diego Schwartzmann 6-4, 6-2 in the final.

Alcaraz however would need to be careful about his fitness leading to the second Grand Slam of the year. The Spaniard withdrew from the next event, the Acapulco Open in Mexico owing to a niggle he suffered post the Rio Open. With a packed schedule, he would look to ensure he stays fit and on top of his game going into the French Open.

And, of course there can’t be a better morale booster than winning an ATP-1000 event – the 2022 Miami Open. Can Alcaraz pull it off?

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