Mutua Madrid Open 2021 Rafael Nadal v Carlos Alcaraz: Preview, Head-to-Head, Prediction

Published 05/02/2021, 4:30 PM EDT
Tennis – ATP 500 – Barcelona Open – Real Club de Tennis Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain – April 23, 2021 Spain’s Rafael Nadal celebrates winning his quarter final match against Great Britain’s Cameron Norrie REUTERS/Albert Gea


World No.2 Rafael Nadal will begin his Mutua Madrid Open 2021 campaign soon. He will likely play against the rising superstar Carlos Alacaraz in the second round of the tournament. It’ll be a battle of two Spaniards who both have played some exceptional tennis in the recent past.

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Rafael Nadal v Carlos Alcaraz: Preview

Rafael Nadal is coming to Madrid after winning his 12th Barcelona Open title this year. The Spaniard defeated the man in-form Stefanos Tsitsipas in the final. He’ll be eyeing his 6th title in Madrid this year and therefore, it will definitely be a big challenge for Alcaraz to stop him.

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On the other hand, Carlos Alcaraz too played well in the recent tournaments. Although he couldn’t succeed at the Barcelona Open 2021, he reached the semis of the Andalucia Open 2021. Before facing Nadal, the Spaniard will have to beat France’s Adrian Mannarino in the first round of the Mutua Madrid Open 2021.

Alcaraz will be up against his idol Nadal at the Mutua Madrid Open 2021. He’ll surely try not to give any sort of room to Rafa and target his backhand. He has the ability to cover the court quickly and will try to dominate Rafa with some of his drop shots.

Rafael Nadal v Carlos Alcaraz: Head-to-Head

World No.2 Nadal and Alcaraz will be facing off each other in a professional match for the first time at the Mutua Madrid Open 2021. Thus, it is a golden opportunity for both of them to take the early lead in their head-to-head battle.

Nadal v Alcaraz: Prediction

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Tennis – ATP 500 – Barcelona Open – Real Club de Tennis Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain – April 25, 2021, Spain’s Rafael Nadal celebrates with the trophy after winning the Barcelona Open against Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas REUTERS/Albert Gea

Even though Alcaraz has impressed everyone with his skills, it’ll be tough for him to beat Rafa on clay. Nadal will surely begin as the favorite before the match because of his incredible record on the surface.

On the other hand, Fans also expect a great performance from Alcaraz. They believe that the youngster has got the talent of playing long rallies and can cause an upset at the Mutua Madrid Open 2021. Will Alcaraz be able to shine against his idol in Madrid this year?

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Anshul Singh is a tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 500 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

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