Alcaraz, in record time to eighth

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The Spaniard qualifies for the fourth round of the London tournament for the first time in his career

Carlos Alcaraz had never completed a Grand Slam match in such a short time as this Friday. In just one hour and 39 minutes, Alcaraz destroyed Oscar Otte (6-3, 6-1, 6-2) and signed his fastest Grand Slam win to sneak into the Wimbledon round of 16 for the first time in his career.

The Murcian makes his debut in the second week of the London Grand Slam after his best performance of the tournament. Ante Otte showed that he is not overconfident when he says that he can play well on grass and that he likes this surface. The match against the German, who was nervous and against one of the best in the world, bordered on perfection, impeccable. It was an hour and a half to beat the German, who was considered a real danger on these courses and one of the men to be avoided in the draw because of his form.

Semi-finals in Halle and Stuttgart and a meteoric rise since the beginning of the year for a man who is 1.93 m tall and who has reached the pinnacle of his career at 28. A service sheet to make Alcaraz nervous who would come ‘in crescendo’ but still miss or miss a lot of planks on grass. At least on paper, because once Otte started serving, Alcaraz’s youth and inexperience on the surface were forgotten.

He was sublime for the rest, practically unquestionable, with 50% of the points won for the rest and over 70% in the game. This, against a server of Otte’s stature, is impressive. Like breaking his serve seven times, forcing 20 break balls and making only seven unforced fouls.

The win is the fastest of his Grand Slam career, surpassing the first-round win at Roland Garros a few weeks ago against Juan Ignacio Londero in one hour and 54 minutes.

Alcaraz will play in his first round of 16 at Wimbledon against Italian Jannik Sinner, who defeated John Isner, and who will experience the second game of his career against the Spaniard. Alcaraz defeated him last season at the Masters 1,000 in Paris.

If Alcaraz was an exhibition, Novak Djokovic was not far behind. The Serb, in his usual way in these early rounds, was a roller against compatriot Miomir Kecmanovic, whom he handled well and headed for the round of 16. The final number fourteen of his career.

From less to more during the tournament, Djokovic has already been confirmed by his game in the second week with his favoritism. If his racket wants, the fourth Wimbledon in a row could be a breeze, as there are few rivals on grass. At the level of the first set, in which he delivered his first bagel of the tournament, hardly anyone can resist him.

With 24 consecutive wins at Wimbledon and 35 at Center Court (when he lost at Court 1) in 2017, Djokovic is four games away from signing his 21st Grand Slam. The next hurdle is the name of Tim Van Rijthoven, which is accompanied by eight victories in a row and the title of s’Hertogenbosch in his pocket. The Dutchman, who was outside the top 170 in the world two weeks ago, won the title in his country and was invited to Wimbledon. He left behind Federico Delbonis, Reilly Opelka and Nikoloz Basilashvili.

Source: La Verdad

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