Gone is the crisis of confidence that had blunted Carlos Alcaraz. Lying down in the first round at the Canadian Masters (against Tommy Paul) and in the quarterfinals in Cincinnati (against Cam Norrie), the Murcian had needed several hours on the couch and a reset to reformulate himself and appear at the US Open, now turned into a cyclone .
In a flash he has been knocking down Sebastián Báez and Federico Coria these days, and tonight he has done the same against Jenson Brooksby, another cheeky teenager who has had to give way: triple 6-3.
The Murcian has done everything well, whose game has recovered its essence, the miscellany of drop shots, lobs and winning points that bear his watermark and have made him a revelation of the year.
"I've been patient, I've learned a lot from myself," said Alcaraz after his victory.
Brooksby, 43rd racket in the world, has been unable to do anything, which has been unraveling as the match progressed and especially in the last set: he was fired after losing six games in a row.
While Alcaraz waits for his next rival (the winner of the Cilic-Evans that was played at the close of this edition), Garbiñe Muguruza is still installed on her roller coaster.
She has now wasted two match points before conceding to Petra Kvitová in three sets, 5-7, 6-3, 7-6 (10).
There are no longer any Spaniards in the women's draw.