Alcaraz defeated Tsitsipas 7-5, 6-3 to book a quarter-final berth at Miami Open 2022

Carlos Alcaraz displayed enormous grit and determination to come back from 5-2 down in the first set against Stefanos Tsitsipas. Alcaraz went on to defeat the 3rd seeded Greek in straight sets 7-5, 6-3 putting on an amazing show for the fans.

Speaking on the come back after the match, Alcaraz said, “Honestly, I didn’t know. I remember thinking that I have to win my serve to start the second set. I thought that I will lose the first set. I mean I just had two chances to break his serve in the first set so it was really, really tough. He was playing unbelievable tennis and all I can say is I fought until the last ball in the first set and could come back.”

The teenager has always been known for his grit and determination and he put his strengths to the best possible use against a higher seed to pull off the win. The Spaniard is now scheduled to face unseeded Miomir Kecmanovic in the quarter-finals of the Miami ATP 1000 event.

Is Carlos Alcaraz the brightest emerging star in men’s tennis?

Carlos Alcaraz is often compared to his idol Rafael Nadal. Left-handed, Spanish, strong on clay surfaces – too much in common isn’t it? Well, there is definitely something more to it. The potential, the talent and the precise execution, Alcaraz has it in abundance. When you watch Alcaraz play, you can definitely relate him to Nadal in the early stages of his career. Alcaraz has been considered the next big thing in tennis for quite sometime now. Is it finally time for Alcaraz to put his name for reckoning along with the big boys?

Carlos Alcaraz
Carlos Alcaraz in action at the 2021 US Open

Alcaraz won the Rio Open last month. The tournament was played on a clay surface, a good warm up event leading to the Roland Garos which is played on clay surface. Alcaraz became the youngest ever ATP 500 champion after defeating Diego Schwartzmann 6-4, 6-2 in the final. Alcaraz however would need to be careful about his fitness leading to the second Grand Slam of the year. The Spaniard withdrew from the next event, the Acapulco Open in Mexico owing to a niggle he suffered post the Rio Open. With a packed schedule, he would look to ensure he stays fit and on top of his game going into the French Open.

And, of course there can’t be a better morale booster than winning an ATP-1000 event – the 2022 Miami Open.
Can Alcaraz pull it off?

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