He defeated the American in three sets, the only player to beat him on clay this year. Khachanov. find rooms against
After his match scare against Albert Ramos-Violas, where he saved a equal points To win in five sets, Alcaraz met the only player who had defeated him on a clay court tour. Sebastian Korda surprised him from the start in Monte Carlo, when the Spaniard was at the crest of the wave after challenging Nadal in the Indian Wells semi-finals to win his first Masters 1000 in Miami. This was their first match in the night session, designed for a player who enjoys the great atmosphere., In a remarkable performance, she won 6-4, 6-4, 6-2 in two hours and six minutes, and will look for the twenty-first favorite against Russian Karen Khachanov in the quarterfinals this Sunday. Alcaraz is the youngest player in the round of 16 since he succeeded Novak Djokovic in 2006.
Backed by his effectiveness with both first and second serves, the Spaniard took the opening set for the early break. Alkaraj played wisely, changed heights and troubled the opponent with fairly flat shots, who could not hit the ball comfortably. The Czech-American is a tennis player whose style is better suited to sharp surfaces, although her only title was won on Parma Clay in 2021, although she also had her final at Delray Beach in the same year.
Alcaraz is well aware that becoming an iconic piece is no longer a novelty, Winning four titles this season, victories against Nadal, Djokovic and Zverev in Madrid allowed them to finish sixth in Paris and even the added value of avoiding a deadly threat against Ramos-Violas. Made him a player. the ability to surprise.
Korda, 21, grew up with him and watched him beat her at the Junior Masters last year. Twenty-seventh in the world, its growth has not been much less than that of Alcarz. The Florida player had two balls to take advantage of in the second set, but he again dropped his serve.
The match was fascinating, a reflection of the tennis that is already here. Korda hit hard and scored runs off every ball. Alkraj replied with his usual freshness, joy and speed. The American saved five set points on serve in the ninth game. This was no problem for Carlitos, who took advantage of the seventh, already with his serve, thanks to a long backhand return from his opponent on the second serve, after serving and volleying three times in a row.,
Korda made three more deliveries to come back into the fight in the second game of the third set, but again slammed the door against him. His punishment came when he served in fifth. Neither his good attitude, nor his aggression, nor the nine direct servos were enough to confront a reborn Alcaraz, who lives up to the expectations generated in this course of his wrath.
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