the inequality of the duality between Spanish Carlos Alcaraz and Italian Flavio Cobboli He got on the scoreboard in a forceful manner with 6-0, 6-2 and 7-5, which laid the first stone for the world No. 1 to clinch his second Grand Slam at Roland Garros.
Only in the final stages did the Spaniard reveal a rift in his game, which stretched the contest to a somewhat over two hours, and made it clear that any waivers in this type of tournament paid off.
Alcaraz sprang up like a whirlwind, though it dimmed as the minutes passed, he left no wind for the italianWho took 35 minutes to win a game and with great irony celebrated it as a Fiorentina goal, fists in the air, mischievous smiles.
“I lacked the brains to close out the third set first”Recognized the Spaniard, who despite everything indicated that he felt “very satisfied” with the victory in his first match on Court Susanne Lenglen.
No. 159 in ranking, 21 years oldS, one more than the Spaniard, who was winning his first match at a Grand Slam, was impressed by the grandeur of the stadium, which was the second largest in the Paris complex, but above all by the strength of the opponent, who had decided his career. Take the Paris Debut seriously.
It was 47 years, from the time of Björn Borg, that Roland Garros did not know a No. 1 seed in the form of a Murcian. The Swede was 19 years old, turning 20 on 6 June that year, and was unsuccessful in his attempt to lift his third consecutive Musketeers Cup.
Alcaraz makes his first attempt at 19 in a year that does not feature Rafa Nadal and in which his victories in Madrid and Barcelona make him the strongest of the courses on clay.
Following his victory at the US Open, the Spaniard aspires to strengthen his record and begins the race with unusual determination, with a killer instinct that was also a warning to the sailors for their next rivals.
Only in the third set did he slow down, as the Italian also lost his inhibitions on court, controlled his nerves and began to enjoy himself, recovering from the initial shock without losing any more. At least, it remained to make markers.
The match was equal, there were substitutes and the public chanted “Flavio, Flavio! This will make the fight a little longer. Alcaraz also dropped his serve while serving to win for the first time and had to resort to his anger, shown in an extraordinary parallel that cheered up before it even went over the net, a sign that he wanted to call off the commitment. wanted to do.
The distance between the two had narrowed, but it was still in favor of Mercian, who on the second occasion held his serve to close the duel, not letting it escape.
Alcaraz recorded his 31st win of the season In which he has lost only three shocks and has scared away the ghost of the last one, harvested against another opponent outside the top-100, Hungarian Fabian Marozsson, at the previous tournament in Rome. Few more conclusions can be drawn from a debut in which the superiority of the Spanish was so clear.
Alcaraz now has Japanese Taro Daniels as opponent, 112 in the world, Hangman of Australian Christopher O’Connell (77), 6-0, 6-2, 6-4 in an unprecedented duel.
In his part of the draw, Canadian Denis Shapovalov won, his opponent in the third round if they both advance, but his compatriot Felix Auger-Aliassime, the tenth favorite, was one of the candidates awaiting him in the quarter-finals, the Italian Lost to Giants. Fabio Fognini.
For now, Alcaraz shocks to better effect than Serbian Novak Djokovic, who qualified against American Alexander Kovacevic with ease 6-3, 6-2, 7-6(1).
The trajectories of the two, generally named as great favourites, cross in the semi-finals, but until then they will maintain a cold war in the distance to try to take the psychological battle.
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