The Murcian, who had a match point, says goodbye on his Montreal debut
MADRID, August 10 (EUROPA PRESS) –
The Spanish tennis player Carlos Alcaraz said goodbye to the tournament in Montreal (Canada), the sixth Masters 1,000 of the season, on his debut this Wednesday against the American Tommy Paul despite a match point in the second set, while the also Spanish Roberto Bautista and Pablo Carreño advanced to the third round.
Alcaraz suffered a major setback in his first appearance at the Canadian event. World no.
The Murcian is starting to savor the hardships of the elite after not going as far as he wanted at Roland Garros and Wimbledon and losing two finals in Hamburg (Germany) and Umag (Croatia) in the past few weeks. Now a first-change loss as he aimed for his fifth title and third Masters 1,000 in 2022.
The Spaniard gave up (6-7(4), 7-6(7), 6-3) to a Paul who had already had prestigious victories over Alexander Zverev and Matteo Berrettini this year. Alcaraz emerged victorious from the sudden death of the first set, but in the second he suffered a comeback from the American after a 4-1, saving a match point to force the decider.
He didn’t have the fluidity or control of his great performances but the Spaniard was looking for his moment from the first game. Paul held three break points and broke Alcaraz on the first he had. Against the ropes, the Murcian activated to save four match points but then delivered the shock with his serve. New feelings and another lesson for Juan Carlos Ferrero’s student.
Meanwhile, the morning session in Montreal saw Spaniards Bautista and Carreño, who added their second win on Canadian hard court with victories over American Jenson Brooksby (7-5, 6-1) and Denmark’s Holger Rune (6-0). 6-3).
The man from Castellón, who was champion in the Kitzbühel region almost two weeks ago, is adapting well to the changed terrain. In front of the Yankee player, Bautista had to grit his teeth in an even first set as he came back from a “breakdown”. In the second act, the eleven-time ATP champion swept his opponent in the round of 16 against the Norwegian Casper Ruud.
For his part, Carreño, who beat Italy’s Berrettini on his debut, upped his level to overpower a Rune who became great at Roland Garros but has only won one match since. The Dane was overwhelmed by the Spaniards and was facing an important duel against Jannik Sinner in Canada.