World number six, Carlos Alcaraz, has advanced to the fourth round at the French Open for the first time in his career by overcoming American Sebastian Korda in his second appearance in Paris at tour level.
Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz toppled 27th seed Sebastian Korda 6-4, 6-4, 6-2 after two hours and six minutes to reach the last 16 for the first time at Roland Garros on Court Philippe-Chatrier Friday evening.
In his on-court interview, the charismatic teenager said: “I think the people enjoyed the match, and I’m glad to play in front of such a good crowd.”
Adding: “I’m trying to have fun out there. I love playing tennis and playing on these courts, so I’m enjoying every second.”
Korda beat Alcaraz in April at the 2022 Monte-Carlo ATP Masters 1000 third round in three sets, but the rematch of their latest meeting would write a different outcome, starting a new chapter in their on-court rivalry.
The young stars previously met at the Intesa Sanpaolo Next Gen ATP Finals by the end of last season, with Alcaraz emerging as champion, the sort of end to a story the 19-year-old is getting used to experiencing as he achieves new goals and titles while raising in the Rankings.
In the third game of the opener, the Spanish player broke his adversary to lead 2-1, holding to seal a 40-minute set, 6-4, dominating with brilliance, winning 80 (12/15) percent of his first-serve points and 73% (8/11) with his second.
On a level of his own, the 2022 Mutua Madrid Open champion set off the second set by saving two breaks points at 2-2, and then, the sixth seed hit a forehand winner breaking the 21-year-old in the fifth game, moving on, replicating a 6-4 score in 53 minutes.
He charged at the net, winning an impressive 90 ( 9/10) percent of net points, having served-and-volleyed three times while serving for the set at 5-4.
All in all, he fired 11 winners, committing ten unforced errors to Korda’s 13 and 16, respectively.
The Murcia native took control of the third set; he saved three break points to hold at 1-1, marching to build a solid victory, as he produced a double break over break his opponent’s serve (fifth and seventh games), wrapping up a 6-2 win.
Overall, Alcaraz won 73 (11/15) percent of his first-serve points and 88% (7/8) with his second compared to the Florida native 54% and 45%, respectively.
Speaking about his next rival, Khachanov, Alcaraz outlined: “I just practiced with him once, but I’ve watched other matches from him, so I know that it’s going to be a tough match. But at the same time, he’s a tough opponent, and I like those matches.”
World No. 25 advanced into the fourth round by edging 10th seed Norrie Friday evening.
The Moscow native is making his fifth appearance at the French Open, making a solid campaign thus far into the tournament.
A fourth-time ATP titlist, Khachanov, opened his campaign against Nuno Borges, outlasting the Portuguese player in four sets.
In the second round, the Tokyo Olympics silver medalist faced Bolivia’s Hugo Dellien, toppling the 28-year-old in four sets before clashing with Norrie in the third round.
Alcaraz and Khachanov have never faced one another on tour before.