'No Disrespect': Alcaraz's Next Opponent Needs 'Prayers' To Win Says Roddick

'No Disrespect': Alcaraz's Next Opponent Needs 'Prayers' To Win Says Roddick

by Zachary Wimer

Andy Roddick was asked about Carlos Alcaraz's upcoming match at the 2024 Miami Open, and he fully backs the Spaniard to win.

Alcaraz has been playing really strong tennis at this year's Miami Open. While he lamented his condition earlier in the event, he looked superbly confident in his most recent match against Gael Monfils.

It impressed Roddick a lot, and while Lorenzo Musetti has been playing well, too, he just doesn't see him winning the match. Alcaraz and Musetti have played a few times so far, and the Spaniard is leading the H2H in all official matches 3-1.

The only match Musetti won was the Hamburg Open final two years ago, which was a pretty surprising win for him. All the other matches, including the most recent, were easily won by the Spaniard.

Roddick doesn't see this upcoming one going any differently because he just doesn't see what Musetti can really do, as he revealed during the Tennis Channel appearance.

"Maybe prayer. I don't know. Listen, no disrespect to Musetti, but when Alcaraz is in full flight, where does he make gains consistently? Alcaraz will be in return games, he served 81% first serve today. He can play through you, he can play around you, he can bring you in, so I don't know where Musetti goes."

Roddick on the match

The Italian has played pretty aggressively so far at the ATP Masters 1000 event. He's shown a really decent level of hitting, especially in his most recent match against Ben Shelton. Still, he needs a lot more against Alcaraz, and Roddick doesn't see him doing it.

"You have to up your risk profile. Is Musetti just going to wing one-handeders up the line for three hours? I'm not sure. It's no disrespect to Musetti. I'm just so impressed with what Carlos is bringing. He's in full flight, and he can beat you in a number of ways. I like Alcaraz."


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