Alcaraz closed Spain’s access to the final stage of the Davis Cup

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Carlos Alcaraz pulled on his number 1 stripes to close out the classification of the Spanish team for the final stage of Davis Cup 2022. The Murcian defeated the Korean Sonwoo Kwon through 6-4 and 7-6(1) to put the 2-0 against South Korea which leaves the final doubles match of the tie meaningless. This is Alcaraz’s first victory as number 1 in the worldfollowing his loss two days earlier against Felix Auger-Aliassime.

After the success of Robert Baptist in the first game against Seong Chan Hong (6-1 and 6-3), Alcaraz had the possibility to close the goal. Said and done. After a game in which he was not comfortable, he became more determined in the decisive moments Spain What first in group B in the final stagewhere the runner-up of group A will face off in the quarterfinals at the end of November in Malaga, Croatia.

He did not particularly accompany the Murcian game, despite some strokes of genius that are a trademark of the house. Something that is understandable after the load of matches he has accumulated in recent weeks and his express trip from New York to Valencia after proclaiming himself the new champion of the US Open just a week ago. But Alcaraz responded perfectly when he played against a sharp Kwonwho hit a loose forehand and backhand, knowing that, since his country had been eliminated and had a huge ranking difference on the court (it was 74th in the world), he had little to lose and much to gain.

Alcaraz showed his ease on the indoor hard court, wanting to dominate his serve and drive a lot to the net, especially in the first set. Aggressively, he breaks his rival’s serve for 3-1, whereupon Kwon begins to release from the back of the court. Alcaraz called it 5-3 and served in a game where he was very erratic with his forehand, with a couple of unforced errors that put Kwon’s 5-4 counter-break on a plate. however, the Murcian stripes appeared, among others, to put 6-4 which prevented major problems.

Alcaraz seems to have taken a significant step toward victory, but Kwon won’t throw in the towel. The Korean broke the Spaniard’s serve in the third game of the second set and forced Juan Carlos Ferrero’s pupil to do his best, not being accurate with his forehand in the early stages of the set. However, in the seventh game dedicated to serving, Alcaraz lifted the Valencia crowd with a great volley to close 3-4 and fill himself with morale for the next game: launched, he achieved a break that balanced the balance and responded with his serve against a Kwon who was sure of him.

In this way, the game went to a tie-break where an unforced error by Kwon for 2-1 Alcaraz, with a mini-break, energized the Spaniards, unstoppable ever since, and sank the Korean fighters, resulting in a clear 7-1. Thus, Alcaraz achieved the second point to sentence the Spanish pass in the last stage of Malaga.

In this way, Spain will face the final doubles match that will close the tie with maximum calm. Marcel Granollers and Pedro Martinez liable against Ji Sung Nam and Min-Kyu Song. What is at stake is only winning because the Spanish team is already in the Davis quarterfinals.

Source: La Verdad

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