Hugo Dellien vs. Carloz Alcaraz - 2021 Australian Open Qualifying
Wednesday January 13th, 2021 / 4:50am EST
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Second seeded Hugo Dellien of Bolivia faces Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz Garfia in the Third and final round of the 2021 Australian Open Qualifying. The match will take place on Wednesday January 13th, 2021 in Doha, Qatar. The two have never faced each other before and will both be desperate to get the win here to advance to the main draw of the first Grand Slam for the year.
Hugo Dellien is currently ranked number 111 but has been as high as #72. He is the second highest ranked Bolivian player of all time and is primarily known as a clay court specialist. He has been very impressive on the hard courts here however, winning both matches in straight sets. He dismantled Alejandro Tabilo for the loss of one one game in the First Round, before beating Aussie Andrew Harris in two tight sets in the Second Round. He is the prototypical clay court player, with excellent movement and solid, consistent groundstrokes. He has displayed that he has some power to his game, and will enter this match as the favourite.
Carlos Alcaraz Garfia of Spain is currently ranked #138 and is tipped for big things. The 17 year old has shot up the ATP rankings over the past year, and seems on course for a top 50 career. He has had a difficult path to the Third Round but has showed outstanding maturity to defeat two higher ranked opponents. He is a very aggressive player who may struggle with the consistency of his opponent if is he not careful. He certainly has the game to win here, but it remains to be seen if he is mentally capable to defeat the "brick wall" that is Hugo Dellien.
This match can really go either way, and is sure to be a close battle. It is too close to call but I am going to give the edge to the Bolivian Dellien. Alcaraz has a big game and will surely play many Grand Slams in the future, but I think that Hugo Dellien is just a bit too solid for him to handle at this stage, especially with two long matches under his belt. Hugo Dellien to win and advance to the main draw.