Sixth-placed Carlos Alcaraz of Spain meets 27th-seeded Sebastian Korda of America in the third round of the 2022 French Open on Friday, May 27 Head and tips here.
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Carlos Alcaraz against Sebastian Korda head to head
They have played twice before and both won a match. Korda won the last one in Monte-Carlo 7-6(2) 6-7(5) 6-3 in what turned out to be the last time Alcaraz lost a match.
Alcaraz survives Thriller against Ramos
Carlos Alcaraz came close to losing to Albert Ramos a few times but when he needed it most he showed his best tennis to survive and win it in 5. It was an excellent match, although Alcaraz wasn’t at their best to be a part of it.
In the end, his youth proved crucial as Ramos ran out of breath towards the end. Alcaraz destroyed 74 winners in that match, but he also made 74 errors and that was his main problem. He’ll always play a risky style and mistakes will always be a factor, but if he’s not on the plus side with winners and mistakes, it could be a problem.
There is a very good chance that Alcaraz would have lost this match if he had played a younger Ramos. He really had problems with ball control. That has to change against Korda if he wants to keep winning. The American has beaten him before and Alcaraz remembers that.
It was one of Alcaraz’s most stunning performances of the year and he will be keen to change that.
Cruise control for Korda
Sebastian Korda broke out at the French Open a few years ago when he reached the 4th round and lost to his idol Rafael Nadal. Now, in 2022, he’s playing a very good event, reaching the 3rd round after wins over veterans Millman and Gasquet.
Neither challenged Korda, although Gasquet had moments when he caused some trouble for the young American. Korda plays a very typical American style. Huge serve, great forehand, but also pretty good movement. He rarely puts on a lackluster performance, but he can get nervous at times.
He’s known to slack off under pressure and he’ll be under a lot of pressure against Alcaraz. He’ll need his serve (17 aces in two matches) and he needs to keep hitting winners (50 vs Gasquet). If these things work, he will be in good shape against Alcaraz.
The Monte Carlo blueprint should theoretically work but Alcaraz is unlikely to play that poorly again. However, it is his best choice, so he should be prepared to use it.
Alcaraz v Korda prediction and tip
This is a very interesting duel as Sebastian Korda defeated Alcaraz on clay earlier this year. It was a big excitement but it came after Alcaraz had a very poor performance with a lot of mistakes. He can’t afford to do that again as he will be punished. The effort against Ramos shouldn’t happen again and if it doesn’t, he should win.
For Korda it will be about putting pressure on Alcaraz. If he can push him around with serve and forehand, he should have more chances. Otherwise, he’ll get in trouble because he doesn’t have the raw power or finesse to really challenge him. Take Alcaraz.
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