The Rise of Carlos Alcaraz: From Clay to Grass
Carlos Alcaraz, the Spanish world number two, has been making waves in the tennis world with his remarkable performances on clay courts. However, he proved that he is not a one-trick pony by reaching his first career quarter-final on grass at Queen’s.
The top-seeded player faced Jiri Lehecka and cruised past him with ease in straight sets- 6-2 6-3. After the match, he expressed his confidence about doing well on this surface as well:
“After this match the expectations change, I think I’m ready to do a good result here on grass,”
This year marks just the third time that Alcaraz has played on grass after Wimbledon in 2021 and 2022. Despite winning Grand Slam titles and holding onto the top spot earlier this year, he admitted that he needed to work on his movement skills for playing effectively on grass.
In his opening-round challenge against French lucky loser Arthur Rinderknech at Queen’s, Alcaraz required three sets to secure victory. However, he looked much more comfortable against Lehecka and dominated proceedings from start to finish.
Alcaraz secured an early break after a tricky second game before sealing a dominant opening-set win. He then saved three break points at 3-1 in the second set which showed how comfortably he was finding his feet on this surface.
Although there were some nervy moments towards the end when Lehecka had break point opportunities but could not capitalize them fully; ultimately it was too little too late for him as Alacarz served out emphatically for victory.
Alex de Minaur Continues His Good Form On Grass
Meanwhile, Australian seventh seed Alex de Minaur has also been making his presence felt on the grass. After knocking out Britain’s Andy Murray in the opening round at Queen’s, he defeated Argentine Diego Schwartzman 6-2 6-2 in just 63 minutes to reach the quarter-finals.
The world number 18 will now face France’s Adrian Mannarino for a place in the semis. Mannarino had earlier knocked out American third seed Taylor Fritz with ease and would be looking forward to continuing his impressive run at this tournament.
Cameron Norrie Faces Sebastian Korda In Third Quarter-Final
In another exciting fixture, Britain’s Cameron Norrie will face American Sebastian Korda in their last-16 match today. Both players have been playing some excellent tennis lately and it is tough to predict who would come out on top of this encounter.
Norrie has played exceptionally well over the past year or so, while Korda looks like a player ready to make a breakthrough onto bigger stages soon enough. Hence it promises to be an entertaining battle between two young talented players who are yet to realize their full potential.
British Duo Alfie Hewett And Gordon Reid Begin Their Wheelchair Campaign
The wheelchair tournament gets underway today with British duo Alfie Hewett and Gordon Reid both starting their campaign for glory. They have enjoyed success previously as doubles partners but will be hoping that they can go all the way individually this time around.
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