Carlos Alcaraz and Lorenzo Musetti will lock horns against each other in the last 16 of the 2023 China Open. The Spaniard is the top seed this week and is the favorite to claim the title. Carlos Alcaraz returned to action in the first round on Friday, after his semifinal defeat at the US Open.
Carlos Alcaraz defeated Yannick Hanfmann in the first round of the 2023 China Open. The Spaniard won pretty comfortably in straight sets by a score-line of 6-4, 6-3. The top seed looked a bit out of sorts in the opening exchanges of the first set, however, he dictated rallies once the match progressed. He will look to end the season on a high, with the World No. 1 position up for grabs.
Lorenzo Musetti claimed a three-set victory over Karen Khachanov in the first round. The Italian won by a score-line of 6-3, 2-6, 6-1 to book a place in the last 16. Karen Khachanov was in good form heading into the tournament, given that he had just claimed the Zhuhai Championships title. This will be a major boost for the Italian, who has struggled to put together consistent results this season.
The two players have faced each other on three occasions in the past, with Alcaraz leading the head-to-head record 2-1. The Spaniard outplayed Lorenzo Musetti in their fourth-round meeting at the French Open a couple of months ago.
Carlos Alcaraz vs Lorenzo Musetti: Match Prediction
Carlos Alcaraz is the certain favorite to claim victory in the last 16 battle. The Spaniard’s ability to stay in the points, and dictate rallies on his serve will prove to be too much for Lorenzo Musetti. However, expect the Italian to at least put up a decent fight. Alcaraz has been a pretty consistent player on hard courts this season, and he will hope to end the season on a high.
Prediction: Carlos Alcaraz to win in straight sets
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