Alcaraz exhibits himself before Tsitsipas to go to the quarterfinals in Miami

Alcaraz exhibits himself before Tsitsipas to go to the quarterfinals in Miami

Carlos Alcaraz celebrates his victory against Stefanos Tsitsipas. / EF

Masters 1.000

The young Murcian player has already beaten a ‘top 10’ of the world ranking five times

Carlos Alcaraz exhibited himself early on Wednesday against the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas to reach the quarterfinals of the Miami Masters 1,000 for the first time in his career. The young Spanish player beat the number five in the world 7-5 and 6-3 and the pass to the semifinals will be played against the Serbian Miomir Kecmanovic, who beat the American Taylor Fritz in the round of 16, executioner of Rafa Nadal in the final of Indian Wells, 3-6, 6-1 and 6-4.

Alcaraz continues with his unstoppable progression and already has 15 wins and only two losses this season. At just 18 years old, the Murcian tennis player has already won an ATP ‘top 10’ five times and, after debuting precisely against Tsitsipas in the third round of the 2021 US Open, in Miami he defeated the Greek player again, third favorite in this Masters 1,000. His other victims in the top ten in the world have been Matteo Berretini (twice, in Vienna last year and Rio this year) and Jannick Sinner, whom he defeated in Paris-Bercy.

In the second Masters 1,000 of the season and the seventh of his career, after being stopped by Nadal in the semifinals, Alcaraz recovered from Tsitsipas after a 5-2 deficit in the first set, to chain five consecutive games and clear the way towards triumph. In Miami, for the moment, where no Spanish tennis player has ever won, Alcaraz has defeated all of his rivals in two sets, and has become a firm contender for the title. With his victory in the round of 16, Alcaraz has already risen to fifteenth place in the world ranking.

The top seed, Russian Daniil Medvedev, who is one win away from regaining world number one after beating American Jenson Brooksby, 7-5, 6-1, also qualified for the quarterfinals. Medvedev will face the current champion in Miami, the Pole Hubert Hurkacz, in the quarterfinals.

“Right now, I don’t feel any pressure. It’s great to have this opportunity. There is only one game left. Of course, maybe during the match, the pressure can start to build up, depending on how the match goes… But at the moment it’s just a huge extra motivation to try to go one step further,” Medvedev said.

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