And ten! Winner in Indian Wells almost two weeks ago, Carlos Alcaraz is aiming for the double in Miami and he is working on it. Taylor Fritz, 10th player in the world and precisely titled in Indian Wells in 2022, could have annoyed him but the American was brought to his senses, like the others. Winner in two sets (6-4, 6-2), Alcaraz joins the last four where he will face Jannik Sinner.
Even against a new opponent, the Spaniard quickly found his feet, taking Fritz’s serve from the first game and on his second break point. In fact, if the American offered himself a break twice by saving a break point, he, each time, cracked on the next point. A service shot was enough for Alcaraz in the first set (6-4).
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Aggressive as always, efficient as very often, the world number one was also excellent in defense with a fighting spirit at all times at the cost of discouraging runs and defenses for his opponent. In the second set, the scenario at the start of the match was repeated with Alcaraz breaking from the start to race in the lead. Enough to hurt Fritz mentally, especially since the winner of the US Open 2022 was intractable on his serve. A new break at the end of the match and the case was heard (6-4, 6-2).
Carlos Alcaraz therefore pocketed his tenth victory in a row after his coronation at Indian Wells for the first Masters 1000 of the season. Absent from the Australian Open through injury, the world number one conceded only one defeat this season, in the Rio final against Cameron Norrie. Before challenging Novak Djokovic later, he will have to defeat Jannik Sinner in the semi-final on Friday. This duel had offered a masterpiece at the US Open while in California, the Spaniard had wandered against the Italian.
In Florida, Carlos Alcaraz is looking for the “Sunshine Double”, a double the same year that seven players before him succeeded (Jim Courier, Michael Chang, Pete Sampras, Marcelo Rios, Andre Agassi, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic).
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