French Open: Carlos Alcaraz beats Albert Ramos Vinolas in thriller to qualify for third round


Spanish tennis sensation Carlos Alcaraz defeated Albert Ramos Vinolas 1-6, 7-6 (9-7), 7-6 (2-7), 6-4 in a thrilling five-setter at Court Simonne-Mathieu.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Alcaraz won the match after five sets
  • Alcaraz saved a match point earlier to come up trumps
  • Alcaraz is deemed one of the favourites to win the French Open

Spanish tennis sensation Carlos Alcaraz has advanced to the third round of the 2022 French Open. On Wednesday, May 25, the teenager defeated his countryman Albert Ramos Vinolas 1-6, 7-6 (9-7), 7-6 (2-7), 6-4 at the Court Simonne-Mathieu.

Alcaraz came into the tournament in stupendous form, having beaten the legendary Rafael Nadal and current World No.1 Novak Djokovic. In fact, during the Madrid Open earlier this month, Alcaraz became the only teenager to beat Nadal, the 13-time French Open champion, on clay. Thereafter, he defeated Djokovic and Alexander Zverev in succession.

Against Vinolas, Alcaraz was in all sorts of trouble. After winning the opening set, he went down in the next two sets. His opponent got him on the mat in the third set as well and had one match point once. However, Alcaraz somehow managed to keep his composure and came up trumps.

Earlier, Alcaraz won the Rio Open and Madrid Open to give an account of his stupendous skills. Earlier, Nadal also heaped praise on the Young Turk for performing exceptionally against the big guns of the tennis world.

DJOKOVIC GETS HOME

Earlier in the day, World No.1 Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic defeated Alex Molcan in straight sets. The 35-year-old admitted that defeating Molcan wasn’t easy because of the windy weather conditions. Interestingly, Molcan’s current coach happens to be Djokovic’s former long-time coach.

In another match, Olympic champion Alexander Zverev defeated Argentina’s Sebastian Baez in an exciting five-setter at the Phillippe-Chatrier. The 21-year-old Baez also conjured praise from Zverev for his exciting brand of tennis.



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