Melbourne (Australia), Feb 9 – The 17-year-old young Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz debuted with victory in his first Grand Slam after beating Dutchman Botic Van De Zandschulp 6-1, 6-1 and 6-4.
The Murcian entered the final phase after overcoming the three games of a previous phase held in Dubai and immediately drew attention in Melbourne Park after endorsing a resounding double 6-3 to the fourteenth world-ranked David Goffin (13) in one of the preparatory tournaments to ‘Open’.
His teammate and compatriot Pablo Carreño (15) warned this Monday after his match of the Murcian’s potential: “He learns very quickly and is different but, above all, he is a great boy and very humble.”
He started the game at a hellish pace, dominating the points from the beginning and intimidating his rival who only managed to convert one game to service during the first set.
He also knew how to suffer and remained calm during the second round despite receiving a ‘counter-break’ and seeing how his rival found the rhythm of the fast tracks of this edition that favor the dynamism of the young Alcaraz.
Dutchman Van De Zandschulp became powerful on serve and three of his first service games were a blank. However, the self-confidence of Alcaraz, who faced his first match to five sets, caused a break ‘in extremis’ that would mean his first Grand Slam triumph.
His rival in the second round will be known after the conclusion of the clash between the Pole Hubert Hurkacz and the Swede Mikaer Ymer.
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