Carlos Alcaraz placeholder image spins his racket on his index finger, looking like a gunman about to fire, while He fixes his gaze on Jannik Sinner. “You’ll dream with me”, seems to say to him as the Italian redhead returns from the locker room after losing the first set in the ‘Duel of the future’ who was present at the second round of the 1,000 Masters in Paris and in which the Murcian, ‘El Chosen’, took the victory by 7-6 (7/1) and 7-5 in 2h: 08.
For the first time in the ‘big’ circuit (in 2019 they had been measured in a challenger with the Spanish victory) they faced each other two players destined to soon dominate the ATP, to play the best titles between them. The 20-year-old Italian debuted his top-10 status this week (9th). Alcaraz, only 18, is already in 35th place after his brilliant explosion. The victory for Sinner, with four titles this year, meant continuing to fight to be in the ATP Finals (8th and battling Hurkacz and Norrie, who are hot on his heels). For Alcaraz, hitting the table before another young man predestined for glory. And Charly took a bite.
It’s a win for @ alcarazcarlos03 🙌
The Spaniard defeats Sinner 7-6 (1) 7-5 in their first, and surely not the last, ATP Tour meeting 👏
– ATP Tour (@atptour) November 3, 2021
In a first set played at the speed of light on track 1 and not on the central one (authorized voices such as Ivan Lujbicic criticized the ‘blindness’ of the organization), Alcaraz was unfazed by an initial break. He immediately countered it, He took out brilliant and accurate blows as if his racket were the katana of ‘Kill Bill’, served first at an average of 193 km / h and dominated the tie-break like a veteran.
In the second, Alcaraz continued to endure Sinner’s flat blows, came up wisely to the net, gave few balls (ended with a balance of 26/26 between winners and unforced errors by 20/43 of the transalpine), He tried up to six break balls and in the seventh he managed a break to get 6-5 and serve. It did not fail. In his fifth Masters 1,000 and before the winner of the last (2019) NextGen Masters, it should be remembered. Its maturation is being express.
Alcaraz, who will face the French Hugo Gaston tomorrow (He beat Pablo Carreño 6-7, 6-4 and 7-5) in the last turn of the center (around 9:30 p.m.), in the last four tournaments they have won three top-ten: Stefanos Tsitsipas (3rd), Matteo Berrettini (7th) and Sinner (9th). Without a doubt, in their meats is the brand of El Elegido.