Feliciano Lopez vs Carlos Alcaraz - 2021 Andalucia Open Round of 16
Thursday April 8th, 2021 / 11:20am EST
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Sixth seeded Feliciano Lopez of Spain will face countryman Carlos Alcaraz in the Round of 16 at the 2021 Andalucia Open. The match is scheduled to be played on Thursday April 8th, 2021 at 11:20am EST.
This is set to be a very exciting match between the veteran Feliciano Lopez and young star Carlos Alcaraz. This is a classic "past vs future" clash and it is not one that the fans will want to miss. Can Lopez get the win here and advance to the Quarter-Finals? Or will the future superstar Alcaraz get yet another big name win to add to his already promising resume?
Feliciano Lopez is currently ranked #64 in the ATP world rankings and is a former top 15 player. He has had a long and successful career that is sadly winding down now. Despite this, he is still capable of some very good tennis, and is a dangerous opponent. He had a very poor 2020 season and will be looking to get his career back on track. He has been impressive so far here at the 2021 Andalucia Open, with a straight sets win over Taro Daniel in the First Round. While he is the much higher ranked player he knows that he is in for a huge challenge here.
Carloz Alcaraz is a rising star on the ATP Tour and is considered one of the top young players in world tennis. He has a 5-5 record on the year which includes a huge upset over David Goffin at the Great Ocean Road open in February. Alcaraz was impressive in his First Round win over Nikola Milojevic and will be eager to go even further in his home country. Despite his young age he is an exceptional baseline player with every shot in the book. He never backs down from a challenge and will be ready and rearing to go here against Feliciano Lopez.
This is likely to be a very close match, and I am going with Carlos Alcaraz to win. Lopez is not as effective on clay as he is on hard courts, and the youngster should be able to break him down from the baseline here. If Lopez serves well he is in with a chance, but that seems unlikely on these slower courts. Alcaraz is becoming an elite baseline player and will get the win here.