The top seed is in action at the 2023 Roland Garros. No, it’s not Rafael Nadal, nor is it Novak Djokovic. The tennis world sees a new young champion on the throne. Carlos Alcaraz, the young Spaniard who seems to be on a mission to pip his idol, will be on center court on Monday. He will take on the qualifier Flavio Cobolli. It may look easy on paper. However, a recent loss to a player outside the top 100 means the Spaniard must be on his guard.
Flavio Cobolli has come through to the main draw by winning all three of his qualifying round matches. Having dropped a set in all three, the Italian will enter this round-one match with lots of excitement and energy. The Italian has played loads of challenger tour tennis this year. He has shown improvement in every event. However, he hasn’t shown his levels on the main tour. He has made it to the draws after playing the qualifiers; however, he hasn’t been able to continue further.
On the other hand, world no. 1 Carlos Alcaraz has been simply unbeatable this time around. He has shown great skills on the court. He has also won multiple events on his way to the French Open. The most important one was in Madrid, as winning a master’s on clay would have given him a boost of confidence. However, just after the Madrid triumph, Alcaraz faced a shocker. A straight-set loss to Fabian Marozsan in round 2 was never expected. What’s worse, after a perfect first half, this defeat came just before the Roland Garros. Can he put it behind him and quickly prepare for the next task?
Flavio Cobolli and Carlos Alcaraz have only met once before. The meeting was on the challenger tour back in 2020. Both are playing in the qualifying round of the challenger tour event. Alcaraz got the better of his opponent by beating him in straight sets 6-2 6-3. If anything has changed since then, it is Alcaraz being better than ever before. He will look to double up his lead over the Italian.
Carlos Alcaraz vs Flavio Cobolli : Prediction
It’s always tough to bet against the top seed when he is playing in the first round. More so if he is drawn against a qualifier who has struggled on the tour. Having said that, Grand Slams are full of miracles as they are high stakes and no one wants to give up. However, the safest option would be to back the Spaniard. He should be using his athletic best and taking this match in straight sets without sweating much.
Prediction: Carlos Alcaraz to win in straight sets
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