The world number 1 took almost four hours to prevail 6-3, 6-7 (6), 6-3 and 7-5 at the 28th ranking. “It was very hard,” summed up the Spaniard after the victory.
And world number 1, Carlos Alcarazsuffered this Saturday to defeat the Chilean Nicholas Jarry (N.28) and qualify for the round of 16 of Wimbledonmatching his best result at the London tournament.
The young 20-year-old Spanish tennis player ended up prevailing after 3 hours and 56 minutes of hard battle in four sets, 6-3, 6-7 (6/8), 6-3 and 7-5. In the next round, the winner of the duel between the German Alexander Zverev (21st) and the Italian Matteo Berrettini (38th), finalist in 2021, will be measured.
Last year, in his second participation in the All England Club, Alcaraz was defeated in the round of 16 by the Italian Jannik Sinner, but this season the Spaniard arrives with another status, as ATP number 1, after having won his first Grand Slam (the US Open) and after recently winning at Queen’shis first tournament on grass.
Nevertheless, after two first rounds that he surpassed without giving up a set, Jarry put up a great resistance. In the first set he broke to go up 5-3 and win the set with his serve, after the Chilean missed a ball to return the break.
Jarry played at a high level and was applauded by the crowd on Center Court. Photo REUTERS/Toby Melville
In the second set, Jarry moved up to 3-0, but Alcaraz brought the outcome to a tie-break, where the Chilean equalized the game in a battle that he won 8-6.
The third set quickly turned in favor of the Spaniard, but in the fourth, Jarry again offered resistance and placed again 3-0. He also had two balls to put himself ahead of two breaks. However, the Spaniard reacted, placed 4-4 and achieved the decisive break to be 6-5 and on serve to win.
“It was very hard, Nico is a great player, he deserves to be at the top and he played very well. I am very happy with my level”, analyzed the number 1 in the world.
Asked about the key to the match, Alcaraz stated that it was “to be focused”, because he knew that his opportunities would come. “The key is not to lose focus and believe all the time,” he argued.
The victory was not necessarily convincing against a Chilean who had not played on London grass since his elimination in the first round in 2019 and who, in three appearances up to this year, had only passed the first round in one of them (2018 ).
With information from agencies
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