Carlos Alcaraz is the 6th seed and will be playing at French Open 2022 after having a commendable run in the past 1 year. On 24th of May, 2021, the young Spaniard broke the top 100 and never looked back since then. Within a year, the 19 year old breached the top 10 rankings.
He became the first ever player to beat Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic back to back in a clay court. This happened in the Madrid masters where he had taken down the Olympic gold medalist, Alexander Zverev in the final to win the title with the score line of 6-3, 6-1.
Alcaraz had a decent run in the Australian Open where he was defeated by the eventual semi finalist and Wimbledon 2021 runner, Matteo Berrettini up in a 5 set thriller. The score line of the match was 6-2, 7-6, 4-6, 2-6, 7-6. After facing a tight defeat in the Australian Open, the young gun went on to win 4 titles which included Barcelona Open, Rio Open, Miami Masters and Madrid Masters.
The Spaniard has two characteristics in his game which helped him reach at this level. First, he plays at a very high level without dropping his level throughout an encounter and secondly, he performs well in pressure situations.
It will be interesting to see how he performs in the French Open 2022.
Tough Road Ahead For Alcaraz
Carlos Alcaraz is seeded 6th in the French Open and has a tough road ahead of himself. He will play qualifier in the first round. In the second round, the Spaniard is most likely to clash with the talented Australian, Thanasi Kokkinaki or world number 42, Albert Ramos Vinolas
In the 3rd round, the young gun is most likely to set up a clash with the South African and current world number 37, Lloyd Harris or Aussie veteran, John Millman. The world number 6 is likely to clash with either Olympic 2021 silver medalist, Karen Khachenov or the Brit, Cameron Norrie in the fourth round of the French Open 2022.
If Carlos manages to cross the hurdles, then he is most likely to play either against the Olympic Gold medalist, Alexander Zverev or current world number 14, Taylor Fritz in the quarters. The potential semi final fixture for the youngster would be most likely against 20 time grand slam champion, Novak Djokovic or 21 time grand slam champion, Rafael Nadal. Alcaraz could meet either 2022 US Open Champion, Daniil Medvedev or French Open 2021 finalist, Stefanos Tsitsipas in the finals of the French Open 2022 or Russian, Andrey Rublev or world number 8, Casper Ruud.
Alcaraz’s path to French Open title:
- 1R: Qualifier
- 2R: Thanasi Kokkinakis/Albert Ramos Vinolas
- 3R: Lloyd Harris/John Millman
- 4R: Karen Khachenov/ Cameron Norrie
- QF: Alexander Zverev/Taylor Fritz
- SF: Novak Djokovic/Rafael Nadal
- F: Stefanos Tsitsipas/Casper Ruud/Daniil Medvedev/Andrey Rublev