Have Carlos Alcaraz placeholder image all that New York likes so much, visceral and effusive tier like no other, delivered to those tennis players who, like the Murcian, naturally engage, based on games and intangibles, that something special. Therefore, when the Murcian ends up with the resistance of Frenchman Arthur Rinderknech (7-6 (6), 4-6, 6-1, 6-4, after 2h 56m) in another show of poise and growth, the fans who They surround Track 6, give him a loud ovation and a good handful of young people demand his autograph. He, who has blown the racket through the air in celebration, yells at the sky too, gives the wristband and approaches to reciprocate: Flushing Meadows is already in his pocket.
It happened in Melbourne, where in January he achieved his first Grand Slam victory; it was repeated in Paris, acclaimed there because the French likes exquisiteness and his creative tennis has it; and he would win over the demanding audience at Wimbledon in June, cornering the world’s two, Daniil Medvedev, and earning the heartfelt applause from The Cathedral. Now it is New York that surrenders to the charms of an 18-year-old boy who continues to accumulate merits and forcing continuous review because he is already, after yesterday’s triumph against Rinderknech, the youngest player to reach the third round of the major American since Donald Young did it in 2007 at the same age.
So did Djokovic with those same digits, and the number one also does not take his eyes off a young man who absorbs like a sponge and develops by leaps and bounds, who impacts here and there. Earlier than even Nole himself, Rafael Nadal or Roger Federer. He, breaking molds and barriers, 18 years and three months, is the active professional who has achieved at least one victory in the four great stages the fastest. The Serbian completed that expansive circle with 19 years and seven months, the Spanish accelerated (18 and 11) and the Swiss, who has also dedicated considerable words of praise, did it with 19 and 10.
“I think I am doing my way well and I notice that the rivals respect me more,” he says under the watchful eye of his coach, Juan Carlos Ferrero, and the rest of the team, who does not take his eyes off him so that he does not fall into the slightest temptation of the absent-mindedness. Applied, progresses and progresses without stopping, and the goal that was proposed at the beginning of the year is already a single foot away. In addition to the filming acquired, it occupies virtually the 52nd position of the ranking, so the barrier of the top-50 is also falling, another one. Add up and go on without stopping. “I am taking small steps, but always forward,” he says in a speech as cautious as it is ambitious.
“I am very happy with the level that I am giving. I believe that I am another player and another person with respect to the beginning of the season, ”continues Alcaraz, who a little more than a month ago debuted his record in the ATP with the title of Umag (Croatia) and evolves as one of the brightest exponents of your generation. “It is my first time here and now that they let us out, so we have to take advantage of it. I’ve taken a few walks around Manhattan to get air out and the New York audience is incredible, I’m really enjoying it ”, he stresses.
Together with him – cited with the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas or the French Adrian Mannarino – yesterday Roberto Bautista (6-1, 6-3 and 6-2 to Ruusuvuori) and Pablo Andújar (6-4, 6-3 and 6-1) progressed to Kohlschreiber). Instead, Pedro Martínez (7-6 (2), 6-7 (5), 6-1 and 6-1 with Rublev) and Bernabé Zapata (7-6 (5), 6-3 and 6-2 against Felix Augger-Aliassime)
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