Carlos Alcaraz Takes out Jannik Sinner, Advances into Third Round in Paris

Carlos Alcaraz Takes out Jannik Sinner, Advances into Third Round in Paris Photo: TT
Carlos Alcaraz at the Erste Bank Open. Oct. 30, 2021. Photo Credit: AP Photo/Lisa Leutner.

Eight seed Jannik Sinner and raising star Carlos Alcaraz met for the first time on Tour in Paris on Wednesday, a thrilling mix of youth and talent.

In his tournament debut, Carlos Alcaraz is through to the second round of the Rolex Paris Masters, having defeated Italian Jannik Sinner in straight sets 7-6(1), 7-5 after two hours, and eight minutes of intense competition.

In his on-court interview, he commented: “I’m so happy for this win as Jannik was fighting for a spot at the [Nitto] ATP Finals. It’s my third Top 10 win of the year. I think Jannik and I will have a great rivalry in the future.”

The highly anticipated encounter unfolded into a great match that saw the 18-year-old taking the lead by winning a tight opening set 7-6(1), displaying a dominant performance in the tiebreak after one hour and six minutes.

The parity between the youngest Italian to break into the Top 10 and the Spanish teenager remained throughout most of the second set.

At 2-2, the 20-year-old saved two break points on his serve game, and despite hitting a double fault, he managed to recover, sealing the tie to extend his lead over Alcaraz 3-2, half an hour into the second set.

Following a break on his adversary’s serve, Alcaraz stole the lead from the world No. 9, changing the course of the set, earning a 6-5 advantage. He would next serve for the match against the five-time ATP titlist to close out 7-5.

Overall, the Murcia native fired 26 winners, three aces, recording 26 unforced errors, winning 80 percent of his first-service points, 56 percent with his second.

On Thursday, he will face Frenchman Hugo Gaston, who toppled 12th seed Pablo Carreno Busta 7-6(3), 6-4, 7-5, with both players seeking to reach a maiden Masters 1000 quarterfinal.

The world No. 35 began his campaign at the ATP Masters Tuesday, battling past Pierre-Hugues Herbert 6-7(4), 7-6(2), 7-5.

The triumph over Sinner marked his third win over a Top 10 player - the latest took place in Vienna last week.

While competing at the Erste Bank Open, he stunned ranked No. 7 Matteo Berrettini to move into a maiden ATP 500 career semi-final, which he lost to eventual champion Alexander Zverev.

Previously, he edged world number three Stefanos Tsitsipas in the third round at the U.S. Open.

Moreover, the 2021 Croatia Open champion has already secured his spot in the Intesa Sanpaolo Next Gen ATP Finals, to be held in Milan, Italy, next month.

For his part, Sinner, who captured his fourth title of the season at the European Open last month, sees how his chances of qualifying for the Nitto ATP Finals slip through his fingers.

On Monday, he was placed eighth in the Race to Turin, followed closely by Hubert Hurkacz, who earlier on Wednesday outlasted American Tommy Paul in his first-round match in Paris, earning valuable points. With the loss to Alcaraz, Hurkacz rises, leaving Sinner in ninth place.

Casper Ruud, who stands in seventh place, beat Alexander Bublik on Tuesday, consolidating his position.

The Nitto ATP Finals feature the world’s best eight qualified singles players and doubles teams. The event will be held for the first time in Turin, Italy, from November 14th to 21st.

Cecilia demartini
Sports Pundit staff writer @ceci_2812
Cecilia is a writer and a journalist passionate about sports, particularly motorsport, tennis, and soccer

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