Carlos Alcaraz, who had not played since he fell in the second round of Wimbledon against Daniil Medvedev, 1st of July, he debuted this Tuesday as a seed (7th) at the ATP 250 in Umag (Croatia), on clay. He did it with a rspectacular mount against Lucas Pouille, former world number 10, currently in low hours even though he is still 27 years old. The Murcian, nine younger, overcame a bad first set to win by 3-6, 6-2 and 6-2 at 2:06. He will face the Slovak Andrej Martin (31st and 117th) in the second round on Thursday, who got rid of the Argentine Renzo Olivo (1-6, 6-2 and 7-6 (1).
Alcaraz had options to break Pouille’s serve in the third game of the third set, but he did not take advantage of them and then the Frenchman did convert the one he had to get 4-2 and serve. In a second set that started with a break per head, Carlos added another two and faced the final set with confidence and better physique. The forces failed the good Lucas, who with pride avoided a donut after being 5-0 down and with a dangerous 30 equals. But he pushed his serve forward and even broke to shorten. Alcaraz did not want any more problems and closed another prestigious triumph for the rest.
– Tennis TV (@TennisTV) July 20, 2021
Zapata also goes back
Bernabé Zapata also raised an adverse score against Uruguayan Cuevas (4-6, 6-2 and 6-4) and will meet Serbian Lajovic. Pedro Martínez could not pass, who lost against the Italian Gianluca Mager after endorsing him a donut in the first set (0-6, 6-3 and 6-3). This Thursday Albert Ramos, first favorite, makes his debut in the round of 16 against the Croatian guest Duje Ajdukovic (20 years and 275th), who beat Argentine Collarini (6-3 and 6-2). Carlos Taberber meets Italian Stefano Travaglia, Jaume Munar’s executioner last Monday.