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Carlos Alcaraz warms up for the Mutua Madrid Open in front of coach Juan Carlos Ferrero.

Day 1 Preview: Alcaraz Makes Doubles Debut In Madrid

#NextGenATP Briton Draper & American Isner in singles action

All eyes will be on #NextGenATP Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz when he takes to court with countryman Marc Lopez on home soil on Day 1 of the Mutua Madrid Open.

The 18-year-old captured his maiden ATP Masters 1000 crown in Miami and cracked the Top 10 in the ATP Rankings on Monday following his title run in Barcelona. Alcaraz will be aiming to break more singles records at the clay-court event this week, but before that, he will turn his attention to doubles action in the Spanish capital Sunday.

Alcaraz and Lopez have accepted a wild card into the event and will face Lukasz Kubot and Edouard Roger-Vasselin in their opening match on Manolo Santana Stadium in front of an excitable home crowd.

Alcaraz, who is third in the ATP Race To Turin, will be teaming with Lopez for the first time, with his only previous doubles experience on the ATP Tour coming with Pablo Carreno Busta at events in Barcelona, Indian Wells and Rio de Janeiro.

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Alongside the doubles action, #NextGenATP Briton Jack Draper will make his Madrid debut in the singles draw against Lorenzo Sonego after receiving a wild card from the tournament. The 20-year-old has enjoyed a standout start to the season, clinching four ATP Challenger Tour titles and also earning his first Masters 1000 victory in Miami.

The World No. 124 will be meeting Sonego for the first time, with the Italian looking to recapture his best clay-court form having won a title on the surface in Cagliari in 2021. The World No. 27 is also playing in the Spanish capital for the first time.

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In a busy day for Brits, Daniel Evans will take a 1-0 ATP Head2Head series lead into his match against Argentine Federico Delbonis on Stadium 3. The 31-year-old, who lost to eventual champion Alexander Zverev in the third round in Madrid last year, upset World No. 1 Novak Djokovic on the red dirt in Monte Carlo in 2021. Delbonis’ best result this season was a run to the semi-finals on clay in Buenos Aires in February.

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John Isner and Filip Krajinovic will round out the singles action, with the pair meeting on Manolo Santana Stadium. Isner and Serb Krajinovic are tied at 1-1 in their ATP Head2Head series, with the American winning their only clay-court meeting at Roland Garros in 2021.

Isner has reached the quarter-finals in his past three appearances in Madrid. Meanwhile, Krajinovic lost in the first round on debut last season.

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