Rising star Carlos Alcaraz dazzled to reach last 16 in Paris
Carlos Alcaraz’s meteoric rise continued on Friday as the Spanish prodigy put on another astonishing performance to beat American Sebastian Korda 6-4 6-4 6-2 to reach the last 16 of the French Open for the first time.
Facing the only man to beat him on clay this year, the sixth-seeded teenager, who saved a match point in the second round, showed his full range on a filled court Philippe Chatrier – powerful forehands with gravity-defying drop shots. consisting of.
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27th-seeded Korda threw everything at his opponent, only to come back with the ball faster and with more power and the American faded in the third after a high-octane fight in the first two sets.
Alcaraz, who now holds an 18-1 win-loss record on red dirt this season after winning titles at Barcelona and Madrid, faces 21st seeded Russian Karen Khachanov before a possible quarter-final clash against third seed Alexander Zverev. Will happen.
“It’s amazing to play in this environment in the night session in front of such a huge crowd,” said 19-year-old Alcaraz, who stunned the crowd with some serve and volleying.
“I’m having fun, I love playing tennis on such great courts, I love playing in France. Serve and volley are a weapon I have so I use it.”
Alcaraz got off to a great start and scored two double break points at 3-1, only for Korda to take away him with a serve winner and an ace.
But the Spaniard was not bothered by his service game and lost only six points in the opening set.
Korda found his boundary early in the second set and set up two break points, but Alcarz held firm and showed his ability to find the best shot at the best of the moment – including a sublime lob while 30 on the back foot. To go above -0. Fifth game.
He won that game with a brilliant forehand winner.
Korda saved set points at 5-3 but came under pressure in the 10th game, coming back long enough to give Alcaraz a two-set lead.
It went downhill quickly for Korda, who dropped the serve again with a volley in the seventh game and capitulated at match point first when Alcaraz landed a backhand winner down the line.
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