Top seed Carlos Alcaraz of Spain will meet Argentina’s Facundo Bagnis in the second round of the 2023 ATP Miami Masters on Friday, March 24. Get the live streaming options of this Carlos Alcaraz v Facundo Bagnis match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Carlos Alcaraz v Facundo Bagnis Head to Head
They have met once on the tour and thrice overall and all the three meetings have been won by Alcaraz.
Alcaraz Eyeing Sunshine Double
Off to a 14-1 start, Carlos Alcaraz comes to Miami with hopes of joining the elite list of players who have won the Sunshine Double. Only seven ATP players have achieved the feat, however it has been done 12 times in the past with Novak Djokovic accomplishing it four times and Roger Federer doing it thrice.
With Djokovic unable to compete because of his COVID vaccine status, 19-year-old Alcaraz is the favourite to win the title in Miami and complete the Sunshine Double, which is achieved when a player wins both the Indian Wells Open and the Miami Open the same year.
Alcaraz won the Indian Wells Open last weekend, defeating Daniil Medvedev in the final in straight sets. He had not dropped a set in the entire tournament and as a result of the title success he regained the no. 1 ranking.
It was the Spaniard’s second title of the season, following his triumph in Buenos Aires, where he beat Cameron Norrie in the final. Norrie, however, got his revenge in the final in Rio, defeating Alcaraz in three and that remains the Spaniard’s only defeat so far this season.
Alcaraz had missed the early part of the season due to a hamstrung injury, but is back once he returned to the tour he picked up from where he left. Last year he won five titles from seven finals during a 57-17 run. One of those titles came in Miami, which he won by beating Casper Ruud in the final. Can he defend the title this year?
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Bagnis Wins First Tour-Level Match in 2023
Argentina’s Facunda Bagnis edged out Brazilian qualifier Felipe Alves in a three-set first round contest on Wednesday.
The world no. 100 took teh first set after getting the solitary break in the set, but Alves made a string comeback in the second, breaking the Argentine twice and forcing the decider.
The third set saw both players hold serve over the first nine games but it was Bagnis who took charge of the 10th game and broke the Brazilian to win the contest 6-3, 1-6, 6-4.
It was the Argentine’s first main draw win on the tour this season, following a 0-5 start.
It was also the first main draw win for the clay court specialist in Miami as he had lost both his previous matches.
Alcaraz v Bagnis Prediction and Tip
It is expected to be a one-sided affair with Alcaraz being a heavy favourite in this contest.
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