In an all-Spanish clash, World No. 120 17-year old teenager Carlos Alcaraz will be up against his idol World No. 2 and the top-seed Rafael Nadal in the 2nd round at the ATP Madrid Open 2021.
- Tournament: ATP Madrid Open 2021
- Match: Carlos Alcaraz vs Rafael Nadal
- Round: Second-round
- Date: 5th May, 2021
- Prize Money: €22,720
- Venue: Madrid, Spain
- Surface: Clay Court
Carlos Alcaraz vs Rafael Nadal : Preview
Carlos Alcaraz has shown some exemplary game play for his age in the 2021 season. His best run came at the Marbella Open where he reached the semi-finals and has been been consistent in reaching R32 across tournaments. He comes into the tournament as a wildcard and won his first round match in a straight set victory.
5-time Champion Rafael Nadal will be making his 4th appearance of this year, and comes from consecutive quarter-final appearances at the 2021 Australian Open and Monte Carlo Masters 2021 and winning the Barcelona Open 2021 last week for a record 12th time. The 2nd round game will be the 1st match of Nadal as he received a bye in the first round.
Carlos Alcaraz vs Rafael Nadal : Head-to-Head
This will be the first meeting between the two Spaniards, the head-to-head tie currently stands at 0-0.
Carlos Alcaraz vs Rafael Nadal : Prediction
Carlos has been often dubbed as the ‘Next Nadal’ but defeating his idol will be a big uphill task for the 17-year old and that too on the Clay surface. Rafael Nadal will look to continue from where he left off in Barcelona and will look to wrap up the game as quickly as possible.
Prediction: Rafael Nadal to win in straight sets.