For the 19-year-old Spaniard, world No. 2, it is the 7th title of his career. He returned from a 4-month hiatus due to injury
Carlos Alcaraz’s seventh seal arrives in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in an ATP 250 tournament perhaps without much pretense but won and brought home without too many worries. Just to make it clear to the rest of the squad, particularly rival for number one Novak Djokovic, that 2022 was no fluke. And in reality nobody thought about it, but certainly the period between the end of the US Open and this beginning of 2023 was not exactly the best, for the phenomenon from Murcia, which, let’s remember, is not even twenty years old .
a good exam
Alcaraz therefore won the seventh tournament of his career where he was seeded number 1 by beating Cameron Norrie (number two) in the final, in a match that went smoothly until 5-3 in set number two as the ‘oil, for Spanish. Then a break from Norrie suddenly extended the match, but not by much as Carlos ended up beating the Brit 6-5 to go 6-3, 7-5 in an hour and 33 minutes. So not a bad return for the 2003 vintage, for which more demanding challenges and more convincing tests are certainly waiting. It’s not yet the Alcaraz we know, much drier physically and less powerful, but it would already be a very bad customer for anyone. Alcaraz won the seventh of the nine finals played and it is curious that the only two defeats both involved Italian players (Sinner in Umag and Musetti in Hamburg, both last year). Juan Carlos Ferrero’s student is keeping the possibility alive of returning to first place next week, albeit at eye level with Novak Djokovic: it will be enough for him to win the ATP 500 in Rio de Janeiro, so to speak, this week in the program. In this case, he would score 6,980 points just like the Serbian tennis player.
February 19 – 10:32 p.m
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