Alcaraz, the birth certificate. Aged just over 18, the Spaniard offered the greatest success of his career by defeating Stefanos Tsitsipas, world number 3, after a crazy match, in the tie break of the 5th set (6-3, 4-6, 7-6, 0-6, 7-6), in the night from Friday to Saturday in France. In front of a public in fusion and after an impressive fight of 4:06, the compatriot of Rafael Nadal qualified for the first time in his career in the round of 16 of a Grand Slam and confirms the immense hopes placed in him. A duel of surprises awaits him now against the qualified Peter Gojowczyk.
It is not given to everyone to overtake the immense Rafael Nadal at an early stage. But Carlos Alcaraz is a special player, a nugget who, at 18 years and 130 days, has just arrived for the first time in the second week of a Grand Slam, a little earlier than the Bull of Manacor, who had done at 18 years and 7 months. Above all, the 55th player in the ATP ranking delivered a daunting match against Tsitsipas, the fittest player this season behind Novak Djokovic.
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From the start, Alcaraz set the tone, breaking Tsitsipas twice to lead 4-0, in a mixture of power, explosiveness, and creativity, which left a ghostly Greek speechless at first. If he returned to 4-3, he had to drop the first set, drunk with blows by a young man barely of age but already very mature in his game, and who delighted an audience totally committed to his cause with his 60 winning moves.
Obviously, the world number 3 has shown all his tenacity. Led 3-0 in the second set, the Greek then spoke about his experience. He tightened the game, took advantage of a first drop in Alcaraz’s tension to finally reverse the course of the match and equalize, step by step, to a set everywhere. In the third act, the Monte-Carlo Masters 1000 winner even seemed to kill the match, when he led 5-2, 40-15 on serve.
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An unbridled 5th set
But in an inexplicable chain of blunders, in particular a double fault on a set point, from the son of Apostolos and an incredible start from the protege of Juan Carlos Ferrero, it was Alcaraz who came back before winning the tie break, to lead 2 sets to 1. Then came the toilet break for Tsitsipas, ultra-fast this time since it lasted less than 4 minutes, for the Greek to take the public in a fifth set of all dangers after a bitter 6 -0.
Hit in the back, having called in the physiotherapist before the final round, Alcaraz still seemed to be badly embarked, especially when the Greek did not let go of his service. But little by little, the Spanish dragster was unbridled, and when the tie-break of the fifth set arrived, it was again he who was the least shy, and ended the match with a final cannon forehand. . Alcaraz, the youngest player to qualify for 8th in a Grand Slam since 1992, makes an appointment with the very high level. You haven’t finished hearing about it.
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