For Carlos, the tournament in Acapulco is the third of the season. Previously, Alcaraz played two tournaments on clay in South America, in Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro. The Spaniard was the winner in Argentina and the finalist in Brazil. It is worth noting that Carlos spent both finals on clay with Cameron Norrie. In general, Alcaras played worse in Rio than in Buenos Aires, although the compositions of these competitions did not differ significantly. Let’s see how the second racket of the world will hold the first match in 2023 on a blue surface.

Since the Australian Open, Mackenzie McDonald has played two tournaments in his home country. In Dallas, the American defeated Verdasco, but lost to Tiafoe, in Delray Beach he reached the semi-finals, where he was stronger than the Japanese Daniel and Nishioka and his compatriot Mmo. In the semifinals, Mackenzie lost in straight sets to Taylor Fritz. In general, there is nothing extraordinary about MacDonald’s results. There are doubts whether the world’s 62nd racket is capable of fighting the second digit of the ATP ranking.

Tennis player Rating Total number of matches in 2023 wins failures
Carlos Alcaraz 2 9 8 1
Mackenzie Macdonald 62 14 9 5

Alcaraz and McDonald have played each other twice, both in 2022 and in US tournaments in Indian Wells and Cincinnati. Both matches were won by Carlos Alcaraz in straight sets.

In Indian Wells, Alcaraz defeated McDonald 6-3, 6-3, in Cincinnati 6-3, 6-2. As of August 2022, Carlos has not gotten weaker and Mackenzie has not added sharply. Alcaraz is at full strength, the Spaniard has played two tournaments and nine matches in the last two weeks, winning a competition in Argentina. The only downside is that Carlos goes from clay to hardcover while Mackenzie played before Acapulco in Dallas and Delray Beach, i.e. on hardcover. Last year, after winning Rio, Carlos played at the hard Indian Wells where he reached the semi-finals. These. We have no problems with the transition. We’ll see how it goes this time, but we think the Spaniard should have no problems in the first round match of the tournament in Acapulco.

The main prediction is an exact score of 2-0 for 2.00