Carlos Alcaraz vs Stefanos Tsitsipas 2023 French Open Quarterfinals Preview

Carlos Alcaraz vs Stefanos Tsitsipas 2023 French Open Quarterfinals Preview

Joel Reyes
June 5, 2023 at 2:52 PM
  • Carlos Alcaraz won in straight sets against Lorenzo Musetti in the round of 16 at Roland Garros on Sunday
  • Stefanos Tsitsipas defeated Sebastian Ofner in straight sets in the fourth round of the 2023 French Open
  • Alcaraz is unbeaten in four matches against Tsitsipas, with their last two meetings coming in Barcelona

Top seed Carlos Alcaraz is still on track to win his first French Open title.

He successfully advanced into the quarterfinals after beating Lorenzo Musetti in the fourth round.

Now, the Spaniard is set to take on a very familiar foe in the form of the always-dangerous Stefanos Tsitsipas.

Stefanos Tsitsipas, Carlos Alcaraz, 2023 French Open, French Open, Roland Garros
Stefanos Tsitsipas and Carlos Alcaraz. Images: Aurelien Meunier/ Andy Cheung
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Can Alcaraz continue his run, or will Tsitsipas pull off a major upset? Sports Brief previews their blockbuster showdown.

Alcaraz's road to the quarters

Carlos Alcaraz’s bid for that coveted first Roland Garros title is still very much alive after he defeated Lorenzo Musetti 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 in the fourth round of the 2023 French Open.

It was a dominant performance by the reigning US Open champion, who needed two hours and eight minutes to oust the 17th-seeded Italian, according to The Guardian.

Alcaraz, who recorded his 34th match win of the season, blasted 42 winners and won 77 percent of his first serve points against Musetti.

What proved to be the difference in the match, however, was the Spaniard’s sizzling return. Alcaraz won 52 percent of his receiving points against Musetti, with the world no. 1 converting seven of his 14 break-point opportunities.

Next up for Alcaraz is a mouth-watering quarterfinal clash with Stefanos Tsitsipas.

Alcaraz, who is through to the quarters of the French Open for the second consecutive year, has already faced Tsitsipas four times in his career.

Alcaraz has yet to lose against Tsitsipas, with the top seed winning all of their previous four encounters.

One of those meetings came this year in the Barcelona Open final, with Alcaraz beating Tsitsipas in straight sets, 6-3, 6-4.

Tsitsipas’ road to the quarters

Stefanos Tsitsipas booked a spot in the quarterfinals of the 2023 French Open with a resounding 7-5, 6-3, 6-0 win over Sebastian Ofner on Sunday.

It was a superb showing from Tsitsipas, who needed just one hour and 48 minutes to record the straight-sets win, per ATP.

With the victory, Tsitsipas is through to the last eight at Roland Garros for the first time in two years.

The Greek star will look to sustain the momentum of that emphatic victory when he takes on Alcaraz in the next round.

For Tsitsipas to record a major upset this coming Tuesday, he needs to continue his excellent return play.

He won 46 percent of his receiving points against Ofner, with the fifth seed converting six of his 11 break-point chances.

Another key weapon for Tsitsipas that he needs to utilize against Alcaraz is his net attack. He won 16 of his 22 net points against Ofner in the fourth round.

French Open default controversy

Sports Brief recently reported on fans blasting the doubles pair of Sara Sorribes Tormo and Marie Bouzkova.

Fans accused them of having poor sportsmanship after they got their opponents defaulted in their third-round match.

Miyu Kato and Aldila Sutjiadi were disqualified from their doubles match after the former hit a ball girl with a ball.

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