The ATP Hamburg European Open has two matches left on the schedule this weekend. There are four players remaining for the ATP Hamburg title. This isn’t the biggest tournament to win in the world, but can be a nice accomplishment after Wimbledon.
There is also the Swiss Open taking place in Gstaad. The biggest player remaining between Germany and Switzerland has to be Carlos Alcaraz. Matteo Berrettini has some solid claims to that argument, but Alcaraz has the talent to be something special.
Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal are not getting any younger. Nadal has hinted at retirement soon. This opens up the door for the next household names in tennis.
Is Alcaraz going to accomplish what his countryman has in his career? That is very lofty expectations for Alcaraz to match Rafa.
It might be premature to say he’s going to win as many grand slams. In any event, Alcaraz is a promising 19-year-old with a lot of pressure in Spain to be the next big thing in tennis.
However, when Alcaraz is feeling on, he plays like one of the best players on the ATP Tour. On a good day, he can beat anyone including the top players in the world.
On a good day against inferior foes, Alczaraz can end the match in a hurry. He did just that in his quarterfinal match vs Karen Khachanov.
Alcaraz must keep his focus against the unseeded Alex Molcan on Saturday afternoon. Molcan is in the semifinals after handling an injured Borna Coric dropped out in the second set. He was coming off an impressive upset over Pablo Carreno-Busta in the Round of 16.
Head below for our free Carlos Alcaraz vs. Alex Molcan prediction on July 23, 2022.
Carlos Alcaraz vs. Alex Molcan ATP Hamburg European Open Live Betting Odds:
|Carlos Alcaraz||-5.5 (+100)||-800||Over 20 (-110)|
|Alex Molcan||+5.5 (-130)||+550||Under 20 (-120)|
Alcaraz vs. Molcan Prediction:
Carlos Alcaraz had a rusty start to his tournament in Germany. He was put on the ropes by Nicola Kuhn in a close win in three sets.
Despite Alacaraz stomping Kuhn in the second set, Kuhn fought back to force a tiebreaker in the final set. Alcaraz got him to fold in the 13th set, with a 7-6 (7-3) win.
He responded with an easier 7-6, 6-3 win over Filip Krajinovic in the Round of 16. The rust was completely off for the quarterfinal matchup.
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That’s Alcaraz at his best and he can do it again against Alex Molcan. Molcan is the 48th-ranked player on the ATP Tour. He’s going to see a huge step up in class versus Alcaraz.
Alcaraz is too locked in right now. When he’s feeling good about his game, it’s difficult to push him out of his groove. In a match that likely doesn’t go to a third-set, Alcaraz in a 6-3, 6-3 or 6-4, 6-2 win would keep this UNDER the total.