Carlos Alcaraz can already cross off another task accomplished on the circuit: win a match in Indian Wellsthe most complicated Masters 1,000, because in it 96 tennis players compete in a draw of 128. That is why it is known as the fifth Grand Slam. At the age of 18, the Murcian debuted his record of victories in the tournament against the American Mackenzie McDonald (26 years old and 59th in the world) with a forceful performance that allowed him to win in two sets (double 6-3 in 1:35). Alcaraz has seven victories since he triumphed in Rio de Janeiro, including the one achieved against the Romanian Marius Copil in the qualifying round for the Davis Cup Finals. In the third round of the BNP Paribas Open, he could face a teammate from the Spanish team, Roberto Bautista, on Monday.if the man from Castellón beats another American, the vintage JJ Wolf. So there would have been a Navy player in the round of 16 for sure.
The match began uncomfortably for Carlos, who saw how after opening it with a break, his rival immediately recovered the disadvantage and was ahead. However, from then on he dominated the El Palmar prodigy with that innate and physically augmented facility that he has to generate power with his groundstrokes and the little hand with which he executes the left ones. To the rest he shone in such a way that he was able to add three breaks against an opponent who made 77% of first services.
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The second set was somewhat more even. McDonald found breaking opportunities against Alcaraz’s two opening serves and found its moment to the second. However, Charly, armed with a magnificent down the line backhand, immediately regained the spot and did not let go of the hold until closing the commitment to the champion, without the need to play great tennis, with a partial 4-0.
Indian Wells Masters 1,000 results.