TennisSection previews the 2022 US Open as Carlos Alcaraz take on Sebastian Baez in the first round on Tuesday, August 30th, 2022.
The number three seed Carlos Alcaraz opens up against Argentinean clay-court specialist Sebastian Baez. Alcaraz’s meteoric rise could have the perfect capstone if he can clinch his first Grand Slam this fortnight. Will the Spanish teenage sensation rise to the occasion at the US Open?
Carlos Alcaraz has broken all sorts of records for a man of his age. And he could break new barriers in two weeks’ time. Alcaraz is on course to become the youngest No. 1 in ATP history and he will most likely need to win his first Grand Slam title at the US Open to do so. The thought of Alcaraz simultaneously achieving both feats is not impossible. Alcarazhas tasted multiple top 10 wins this year and has captured two Masters 1000 titles. At this point it is no longer a case that this young gun is coming, but it is fair to say he has arrived.
Sebastian Baez, meanwhile, has enjoyed a fine season in 2022. And he is extremely unfortunate to miss out from seeding spot at this year’s US Open which would have given him a cushierdraw. Baez has himself to blame after recent poor form. Since finishing runner-up in Bastad just a month ago, he has lost seven matches on the trot and has seen his ranking plummet by six places from his career-high ranking of No. 31. Although the odds are stacked against him to get his season back on track, he should certainly push the number three seed on Monday.
Carlos Alcaraz leads Sebastian Baez 1-0 in their head-to-head. That meeting took place at Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan last November. The Spaniard suffocated the court and was largely dominant in a 4-2 4-1 4-2 win. Baez has hit a rough patch in the last month or so and his confidence has been shaken a little bit. Those ingredients could serve up another routine loss at the US Open. It is tough to imagine anything but an Alcaraz win here.
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