Alcaraz forgets his stumble in Montreal and starts strong in Cincinnati

The Spanish Carlos Alcaraz, number 4 in the world, has left behind the defeat suffered last week in his debut in Montreal and has prevailed with authority over the American Mackenzie McDonald (n.

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17 August 2022 Wednesday 00:35
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Alcaraz forgets his stumble in Montreal and starts strong in Cincinnati

The Spanish Carlos Alcaraz, number 4 in the world, has left behind the defeat suffered last week in his debut in Montreal and has prevailed with authority over the American Mackenzie McDonald (n.72) by 6-3 and 6-2, in his debut at the Cincinnati Masters 1,000.

With renewed energy and motivation to revive himself after the defeat inflicted on him by the American Tommy Paul, Alcaraz finished his first match on the Grand Stand court of the Lindner Family Tennis Center in one hour and five minutes and is already in the third round. He will face Croatian Marin Cilic, who has suffered for more than three hours to beat Finn Emil Ruusuvuori (6-4, 6-7, 7-5).

Alcaraz has revalidated the victory he had already achieved against McDonald this year in Indian Wells, when he beat him by a double 6-3 on the way to the semifinals, in which he would surrender to his compatriot Rafa Nadal. This Tuesday's is his first victory in Cincinnati, where last year he fell to the Italian Lorenzo Sonego in his debut in the main draw.

Now add a balance of 16 wins for three losses in the Masters 1,000 this year, with the wins in Miami and Madrid as icing on the cake.

Alcaraz needed only 30 minutes to win the first set, with aggressive tennis from the start that disarmed McDonald, who was playing this tournament thanks to an invitation letter.

Alcaraz broke in the first game and only conceded four points on serve, which allowed him to take a comfortable lead until sealing the first set with another break, at 5-3.

The Murcian has achieved nine winning shots and has moved with ease on the Grand Stand court, allowing only two winners to McDonald, a rival who reached the second round after beating the Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili.

Alcaraz has not stopped stepping on the accelerator and has taken command of the second round, with a break in the sixth game, in his third break opportunity.

Solid with the serve and aggressive to the return, Alcaraz has had the support of a large part of the public, despite the fact that he faced an American rival. "It's fantastic, it's very good to play on this track," said the Murcian in the interview at the foot of the pitch, after ruling the match 6-2. Alcaraz has increased his record on fast surfaces to 13-3 and has already won 43 times for only eight defeats this year.

Spanish tennis has lost this Tuesday Pablo Carreño, champion of the Masters 1,000 in Montreal last Sunday, Albert Ramos and Alejandro Davidovich.

Carreño has surrendered to the Serbian Miomir Kecmanovic, Ramos has lost to the Italian Fabio Fogninin and Davidovich has not been able to with the Australian Nick Kyrgios.

Still at stake, in addition to Alcaraz, are Rafa Nada, who will make his debut this Wednesday in central against Croatian Borna Coric, Roberto Bautista, who will face American Marcos Giron, Paula Badosa, who will make his debut against Australian Ajla Tomljianovic, and Spaniard Garbiñe Muguruza, who will face Kazakh Elena Rybakina, Wimbledon champion.

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