Some of the biggest names on the ATP Tour are back in Germany this week for the Hamburg European Open. Carlos Alcaraz, Pablo Carreno-Busta, and Diego Schwartzman are entered into the event in Germany.
There isn’t Daniil Medvedev, Rafael Nadal, or Stefanos Tsistipas, but it should be a good tournament nonetheless. Over in Switzerland, there are some decent players there for the Swiss Open in Gstaad.
Casper Ruud will attempt to get his confidence back at the Swiss Open. While Matteo Berrettini returns to the court after having to drop out of Wimbledon because of Covid-19. He was one of the hottest players on the Tour before being forced to exit ahead of the first round.
For the purposes of Tuesday afternoon, we’re playing the ATP Hamburg card. 19-year-old Alcaraz is on the court and the most interesting player on the clay in Germany.
Exploring Hamburg 🇩🇪🚶🏻
📸 Alexander Scheuber pic.twitter.com/5GzRlCpjyp
— Carlos Alcaraz (@carlosalcaraz) July 17, 2022
The sky is the limit for Alcaraz. Nadal is nearing retirement, while Novak Djokovic isn’t getting any younger Alcaraz is a leading candidate to carry the torch for the younger generation.
He doesn’t have a grand slam win on his resume yet, but it feels only a matter of time before Alcaraz has several of them to his name. If he doesn’t succeed, there has to be a mental block preventing him from reaching his full potential.
Alcaraz opens up his tournament at the Hamburg European Open against unseeded Nicola Kuhn. Kuhn is on his home court in Germany, 259th ranked player in the world needs everything to go right on Tuesday.
Head below for our best Alcaraz vs. Kuhn prediction at the Hamburg European Open on July 19, 2022.
Carlos Alcaraz vs. Nicola Kuhn Hamburg European Open Live Betting Odds:
|Carlos Alcaraz||-6.5 (-130)||-3500||Over 17.5 (-125)|
|Nicola Kuhn||+6.5 (+100)||+1300||Under 17.5 (-105)|
Alcaraz vs. Kuhn Prediction:
Carlos Alcaraz didn’t have the Wimbledon that he planned on, but he had some good moments before meeting Jannik Sinner. Sinner beat Alcaraz in four sets, as the No. 10 seed bounced the No. 5 and one of the favorites.
After he won the third set, it looked like we were readying for a five-set comeback from Alcaraz. This wasn’t the case, as Alcaraz folded in a 3-6 loss and hasn’t played a match since then. Sinner was his toughest opponent at Wimbledon and he didn’t respond well to the challenge.
This ferocious forehand from @carlosalcaraz was one of our favourites 🤯
— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 15, 2022
The 19-year-old was pasting his opponents in the French Open before facing a tough Alexander Zverev. He had beaten Sebastian Korda and Karen Khachanov in straight sets, but then tripped up again in four sets, this time versus the German.
Alcaraz has a 20-2 win rate on the clay this season. He went 22-7 in 2021 and has only gotten better as a clay player. There is room for improvement on the grass, as we have seen recently, but there shouldn’t be a problem for him in this one versus Kuhn on a clay surface.
Kuhn is 4-8 on the clay this year and shouldn’t show improvement versus Alcaraz. He will have to depend on Alcaraz committing double faults, but after a disappointing exit at Wimbledon, look for Alcaraz to come out with a determined performance. Alcaraz can name the score if he wakes up interested today.