Alcaraz dispatches Lajovic and reaches the round of 16 in Miami

Alcaraz dispatches Lajovic and reaches the round of 16 in Miami


In another notable match, the Murcian beat the Serbian 6-0, 7-6 and met Tommy Paul

Carlos Alcaraz celebrates a point in the Miami Master.Wilfred LeeAP
  • Especial This is how Carlos Alcaraz plays

Carlos Alcaraz is in roller plan. He has been winning his games for weeks with great solvency. Versus Dusan Lajovic it was no different. He took it out of the way in two sets (6-0 and 7-6) and annulled the good moment of the Serbian, who came from defeating Andy Murray y Maxime Cressy in the two previous rounds. With only two and a half hours on the track, the Murcian has already earned a place in the round of 16 of the Miami Masters, a tournament that he already won last year.

Alcaraz has not taken long to become a world tennis heavyweight in carrying on their backs a kind of stage fright that ostensibly intimidates their rivals. At 19, he wins games almost routinely, with a combination of coldness, talent and poise that overwhelms. There are no doubts or loopholes in his game, at least for now. Against Lajovic, he once again exhibited absolute solidity, except in the final stages, where he gave up his advantage in the second set and was forced to play a match. tiebreak.

Little seems to be affecting defending a title of the magnitude of Miami. “I try not to think about the fact that I am the defending champion,” said the Spanish teenager at a press conference. “I’m trying not to think about what I won last year. I always say the same thing when I enter a tournament: it’s a new tournament for me. It’s day by day, ronda to ronda I try to play my best every day, I try to enjoy every game.”

Lajovic, located at 76 in the ranking at 32 years of age, presented much more resistance than the Argentine Facundo Bagnis, against whom I gave up only two games. The initial 3-0 was somewhat misleading. The Serb made Alcaraz sweat to hold his serve and forced a break ball that he couldn’t convert. Very focused, the man from El Palmar resolved difficult situations and built an advantage until scoring a 6-0 -like against Bagnis- which seemed unlikely seeing the first exchanges between the two.

The second sleeve did reflect Lajovic’s efforts to fight much more. Alcaraz was not in trouble at any time until He lost control of the sleeve when he was about to close the game. He dominated the set with a 4-2 and a 5-3 that already seemed definitive. However, Lajovic broke his serve to extend the contest after several errors by the Spanish. It turned out to be so only a slip of the Murcian. He tiebreak He awarded it 7-5, again focused and with a cool head to resolve the game without giving more wings to his rival, intoned in the final minutes.

The round of 16 duel will be against the American Tommy Paul, that he left on the way to Spanish Alexander Davidovich-Fokina. The man from New Jersey is going through one of the best moments of his career, stuck in the Top 20 ranking, a player who already defeated Alcaraz in three sets in the only duel between the two. It was at the Canadian Masters in the third round last year.

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