ATP Miami 2023 | Blog Murciego: Tommy Paul, the scourge of the Spanish

February 2022. Rafa Nadal could not have started the year better, with titles at the ATP 250 in Melbourne and the Australian Open. The Spaniard faces the ATP 500 in Acapulco with the intention of adding one more cup to his record, a goal he achieves after a perfect week in which he does not lose a single set. In their quarterfinal duel, his clash against the American Tommy Paul It is resolved in two hours, although the first set has nothing to do with the second (6-0, 7-6). At that time, no one knew, no one could imagine, but that would be the last time the New Jersey player would lose to a Spaniard in an official match. Since then, twelve victories in twelve games. How is it possible?

It is not easy to explain, although we must recognize the evolution and progression that the North American has had in the last year. Within the new generations, the USA was always a candidate to reach very high, from his junior stage, although in the end he was not as precocious as Fritz or Tiafoe. His talent took a little longer to blossom but, once the injuries took hold, he began to trace a path in a straight line to the top. He is currently ranked #19 in the January we saw him for the first time stepping on the semifinals of a Grand Slam tournament and, although only one individual trophy appears in his showcase (Stockholm 2021), nothing draws our attention more than the punishment that he continues to inflict on the ‘Armada’ tennis players every month. We review below the complete list of consecutive victories against ours.

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ROMA 2022. R64 – Albert Ramos (6-4, 6-4)

WIMBLEDON 2022. R128 – Fernando Verdasco (6-1, 6-2, 7-6)

MONTREAL 2022. R32 – Carlos Alcaraz (6-7, 7-6, 6-3)

US OPEN 2022. R128 – Bernabe Zapata (4-6, 6-3, 2-6, 6-0, 7-5)

GIJON 2022. R32 – Martin Landaluce (6-3, 6-0)

GIJON 2022. R16 – Nicholas Alvarez Varona (6-3, 7-6)

PARIS 2022. R64 – Roberto Bautista (6-4, 6-4)

PARIS 2022. R32 – Rafael Nadal (3-6, 7-6, 6-1)

PARIS 2022. R16 – Pablo Carreno (6-4, 6-4)

AO 2023. R64 – Alexander Davidovich (6-2, 2-6, 6-7, 6-4, 6-4)

AO 2023. R16 – Roberto Bautista (6-2, 4-6, 6-2, 7-5)

MIAMI OPEN 2023. R32 – Alexander Davidovich (6-3, 7-5)

Bautista-Paul: Without Spaniards in the table (2-6, 6-4, 2-6 and 5-7)

The streak starts on last year’s clay court tour, goes to the grass tour, then to the American cement tour, takes a walk through the autumn indoor tour, even skips the season to continue in 2023 with the Australian Open. Beyond the surfaces, the seasons or the very ups and downs of form that any tennis player goes throughTommy Paul has not failed again every time a Spaniard appeared on the other side of the net. He has been in charge of inclining the youngest (Landaluce, Varona), the most incipient (Davidovich, Zapata), the consecrated (Ramos, Verdasco, Bautista, Carreño), even the highest references of the moment, such as Rafael Nadal and Carlos Alcaraz. By the way, he beat the latter two after losing the first set, which further reinforces the difficulty of this feat. As much as we look back, it is impossible to remember anything similar.

With an ideal height and weight for competition, Paul’s mobility on the court is the perfect complement to his variety with the racket. A creative player, capable of dominating and also counterattacking, with a hand to touch it in the net and dynamite to establish a chair from the service line. At 25 years old, he is the clear example of an athlete who breaks his ceiling every week, called to reach the top 10 this year, although we hope that he will not be this year. Miami Open 2023.

Carlos Alcaraz-Dusan Lajovic: Steamroller to stand in the second round 6-0 and 7-6(5)

There he will face Carlos Alcaraz tomorrow, the same one he defeated last summer in Montreal. At stake will be his 12-0 run against Spaniards, although the man who really comes with inertia on his side is the Murcian, champion in Indian Wells and already with all the automatisms alert every time he jumps to compete. Undoubtedly, a match not to be missed, as well as a perfect opportunity for Carlitos to avenge this flurry of defeats that we still find difficult to explain today. Will we see the end of this nightmare?

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