TennisSection previews the 2022 Rio Open as Carlos Alcaraz takes on Jaume Munar in the Round of 32 on Monday, February 14th, 2022.
Will Carlos Alcaraz get the win? Will Jaume Munar pull off the upset? This will be an interesting one, where the a top Spanish prodigy takes on a fellow talented Spaniard. Who will move on to the Round of 16 at the 2022 Rio Open?
Carlos Alcaraz has been playing some great tennis, obviously rising to his current level of popularity after his run to the quarterfinals at the 2021 US Open. He suffered a tough loss to Matteo Berrettini in 5 sets at the Australian Open, and he is only getting better tournament by tournament. He is so versatile, but he loves the clay, and Jaume Munar will not be happy to see that he has yet another hellish first opponent. Munar has been playing solid lately, losing to some great players, I suspect Alcaraz will continue his great form to take down Munar, but it won’t be super easy as he aims to make the Round of 16 at the 2022 Rio Open.
Jaume Munar has been playing great, he had an unfortunate run-in with Schwartzman in Argentina, but he pushed the top Argentine there and I expect him to push Carlos Alcaraz in their encounter come Monday. Munar has a very compact game, he can be very offensive while possessing some very good defense. I think Munar will give him a fight, especially since Alcaraz is young and still isn’t too consistent, let’s see if he can stay in this one as he aims to extend his stay at the 2022 Rio Open.
Carlos Alcaraz and Jaume Munar have met once before, with Jaume Munar leading the head to head 1-0. Their one meeting came last year on the clay, in last years clay season, Alcaraz was nothing compared to today, and Munar was already an established player out of his younger years. Alcaraz will have to fight to get this one done and dusted, but I suspect he will come through in the end as he aims to take down Munar and move through to the last 16 of the 2022 Rio Open.
Free Tennis Pick and Prediction: Carlos Alcaraz to win in 3 sets.
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