Whether or not he is in Milan or Melbourne, Carlos Alcaraz competes like a person going locations.
The 18-year-old Alcaraz ended 2021 sweeping his remaining 5 matches to win the NextGen ATP Finals in Milan.
Alcaraz unleashed a baseline swarm stopping qualifier Alejandro Tabilo 6-2, 6-2, 6-3 to achieve the Australian Open second spherical for the second straight yr.
The Thirty third-ranked Spaniard greater than doubled Tabilo’s winner output—40 to 16—transferring right into a second-round assembly vs. Serbian Dusan Lajovic.
Afterward, Alcaraz cited his two major objectives for 2022: Attain the High 15 and qualify for the season-ending ATP Finals in Milan.
“Effectively, I’ve a objective to finish the yr into the highest 15 is an effective objective for me,” Alcaraz mentioned. “To have the ability to play the Nitto Finals, it is a actually good objective for me, however so troublesome as nicely.”
On the US Open final September, Alcaraz surprised third-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-3, 4-6, 7-6(2), 0-6, 7-6(5) in a coming-of-age third-round conquest. Alcaraz made historical past because the youngest man to defeat a High-3 US Open seed since 1973—and the youngest man to achieve the spherical of 16 in Flushing Meadows since a 17-year-old Michael Chang and 18-year-old Pete Sampras did it again in 1989.
On an AO opening day during which three of the rising younger stars he beat in Milan had been in motion—Sebastian Korda toppled Twelfth-seeded Cameron Norrie, whereas Brandon Nakashima and Holger Rune each fell—Alcaraz regarded sharp.
Ought to Alcaraz beat Lajovic, he might get an AO shot at Wimbledon finalist Matteo Berrettini, who performs American wild card Stefan Kozlov within the second spherical.
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