A Carlos Alcaraz does not care about playing with tennis players from the peloton like Facundo Bagnis and Dusan Lajovic, with class like Tommy Paul and the ‘top 10’, say Taylor Fritz. The latter was the next victim this Thursday, with a score of 6-4 and 6-2, in 78 minutes.
There are already 15 victories against the elite of the racket, three of them in this course. And this Friday, in the semifinals of the Miami Open, at 1:00 a.m. on the peninsula, expect a rested Jannik Sinnerofficially the eleventh in the world but next Monday he will be among the top 10 again.
The new classic of the sport of tennis will have its sixth episode at the Hard Rock Stadium just 12 days after meeting in the same round in Indian Wells.
The 15 victories against Alcaraz’s ‘top10’
Stefanos Tsitsipas (3) tercera ronda US Open 2021
Matteo Berrettini (7) cuartos Vienna 2021
Jannik Sinner (9) second round Paris-Bercy 2021
Matteo Berrettini (6) rooms Rio de Janeiro 2022
Stefanos Tsitsipas (5) cuartos Miami 2022
Hubert Hurkacz (10) semifinals Miami 2022
Casper Ruud (8) final Miami 2022
Stefanos Tsitsipas (5) cuartos Barcelona 2022
Rafael Nadal (4) quarter Mutua Madrid Open 2022
Novak Djokovic (1) semifinals Mutua Madrid Open 2022
Alexander Zverev (3) final Mutua Madrid Open 2022
Casper Ruud (7) final US Open 2022
Felix Auger Aliassime (10) quarter Indian Wells 2023
Daniil Medvedev (6) final Indian Wells 2023
Taylor Fritz (10) quarters Miami 2023
The result of the four matches that the Murcian has played at the TMS in Florida has had the same denominator: victory without losing a single set.
Carlitos, who was crowned two weeks ago in the Indian Wells desert without losing a round, is on the same path in Miami.
Different surface, different balls, but the same winner. Fritz was one of only two opponents in the top 10 that the Spaniard had never beaten. The other is Andrey Rublev. There were no precedents with the American and neither are there with the Russian. That’s basically the only reason.
The Californian tennis player wanted them to open his locker in the quarterfinal match after losing his first serve. Once again, in the purest Rafael Nadal style in his early days, Alcaraz took control of his opponent’s serve as soon as he started.
At 17 minutes, Taylor made it 2-1. He had spent more energy in the process than in his previous three tournament outings.
The rain, forecast for the whole day, was giving a truce that the organization and the protagonists appreciated.
The local player had his moment to reconnect with a ‘break’ point in the fourth game. His executioner stopped him with the naturalness of a chosen one, going up to the net. The situation was repeated in the sixth round with another dream volley. John McEnroe nodded from the stands. No legend misses the show offered by the young man from El Palmar.
Most games won this season
Daniil Medvedev 27
Cameron Norrie 21
Taylor Fritz 20
Jannik Sinner 20
Carlos Alcaraz 18
Novak Djokovic 15
Carlitos closed the first set with an ‘ace’. Greater authority and sufficiency was impossible. And he started the second with his second break and blank. When he connects a drop shot it gives the feeling that time stops. Fritz’s 1.96 meter could not reach any of them.
The pupil of Juan Carlos Ferrero He has already equaled the loot of 1,360 points that he won a year ago on the American hard court tour. From the semifinals with Sinner he can only improve his performance.
Alcaraz is two wins away from becoming the eighth tennis player to complete the ‘double Sunshine’ in the same campaign.
The seven tennis players who won followed Indian Wells and Miami
Jim Courier 1991
Michael Chang 1992
Pete Sampras 1994
Marcelo Rios 1998
Andre Agassi 2001
Roger Federer 2005, 2006, 2017
Novak Djokovic 2011, 2014, 2015, 2016
Give Djokovic a breath
He is 380 points behind Novak Djokovic, provisional leader of the circuit and who looks to the ground after not having been able to enter the United States because he was not vaccinated against the coronavirus.