Alcaraz never reached the second week of the Australian Open until this year, and it came pretty easily for the Spaniard. He was close to getting there two years ago, but Matteo Berrettini proved a bit too strong.
This year, Alcaraz won his first match comfortably. The second match wasn't that hard either, and his third-round win came after his opponent retired while being inches away from the defeat.
It was actually the first time Alcaraz faced somebody younger on the tennis court, which is an interesting tidbit to note. Up next for him, though, is a player who is rather tricky and is playing some of the best tennis he's played in a long time.
Alcaraz and Kecmanovic did play once, and it was in 2022 at the Miami Open. That was when Kecmanovic was playing the best tennis of his career with a decent chance to insert himself in the Top 10 conversation.
Even so, Alcaraz was able to overpower him 6-7(5), 6-3, 7-6(5), and that's crucial to remember because Alcaraz is a better player right now. A similar thing could apply for Kecmanvoic because that peak was a bit higher than the current level.
Both players are capable of generating some decent power from the baseline, though Alcaraz has a bigger arm overall. Kecmanovic is an aggressive player, but it can be hit-and-miss.
He's been pretty sturdy lately, but if Alcaraz approaches this with a serious level, then it's kind of hard to imagine the Serbian really challenging him.
The serve will also be kind of important as it's the only weapon either has to really avoid getting dragged into those longish rallies we might see.
Prediction: Carlos Alcaraz to win in three sets.