Tennis fans will be treated to an exciting clay-court battle on Friday, when world No. 101 Jaume Munar takes on world No. 11 Carlos Alcaraz at the Barcelona Open. While Alcaraz might be one of the hottest players on the planet at the moment, Munar is one of the game’s best young clay-court talents. With that in mind, this should be a competitive match-up, even if the oddsmakers have Alcaraz pegged as a -500 favorite.
Alcaraz has had some trouble carrying over his superb play from Indian Wells and Miami over to the dirt. After making the finals in the desert and winning a title in Miami, the 18-year-old lost to world No. 37 Sebastian Korda in his first match in Monte-Carlo, and he needed three sets to beat world No. 71 Soonwoo Kwon in his first outing in this tournament. That’s not exactly the most encouraging sign heading into a meeting with Munar, who is already 11-6 in clay-court matches this season. Munar also happens to be coming off a pair of straight-set victories in Barcelona already, and one of those wins was against world No. 20 Nikoloz Basilashvili.