In the first round of the ATP Croatia Open 2021, World No. 73 and the 7th-seeded Carlos Alcaraz will be up against World No. 103 Lucas Pouille.
Carlos Alcaraz vs Lucas Pouille : Match Details
|Tournament||Croatia Open 2021|
|Match||Carlos Alcaraz vs Lucas Pouille|
|Date||20 July 2021|
Carlos Alcaraz vs Lucas Pouille : Preview
Carlos Alcaraz makes yet another appearance on Clay as he enters the Croatian Open as the 7th seed. The Spanish teenager has been a big revelation of the season as he continues rising in ranks being one of the youngest inside the Top-100 of the ATP singles.
Carlos comes into the tournament from a 2nd round defeat at the Wimbledon 2021 to World No. 2 Daniil Medvedev in straight-sets in what was a spirited performance from the 18-year old at the All-England Club. Prior to the Wimbledon, he also made it to the 3rd round of the French Open 2021 from the qualifying stages.
Lucas Pouille enters yet another Clay tournament to try his luck on the surface as he gets ready to play his 6th Clay tournament of the season. The 27-year old Frenchman is yet to go past the 3rd round this season in both the ATP and Challenger tournaments he has been part of.
He comes to Croatia from 7 successive first round defeats in his previous tournaments both on Clay and Grass and is desperately looking for a revival to his season as the focus will now be shifting to the Hardcourts for the remaining season.
Carlos Alcaraz vs Lucas Pouille : Head to Head
This will be their first ever career meeting hence the head-to-head stands at 0-0.
Carlos Alcaraz vs Lucas Pouille : Prediction
Lucas will take the court with a career Clay record of 116-71 but is on 7-14 for the season which includes his disappointing record of 2-5 on Clay this season. Carlos will come into the clash as the favourite for the tie with a 67-23 record on Clay across his short career and a 17-6 record for the season on the surface while his overall season record stands at 24-12.
Prediction: Carlos Alcaraz to win in straight-sets.