Turin (Italy) – After losing in his debut at the ATP Finals, Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz turned things around and won for the first time in the competition. This Wednesday, the young tennis player got the better of Russian Andrey Rublev in straight sets, scoring partials of 7/5 and 6/2, after 1h13 of duel, thus maintaining his chances of qualifying for the semifinals.
The match was divided into two distinct sets, with the first very balanced and the second with the 20-year-old Spaniard taking the reins right at the beginning and then giving Rublev no more chances to recover, who lost control after losing serve in the start and hit his leg with the racket, cutting himself with the blows.
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A little more adapted to the speed of the court, Alcaraz showed greater consistency than on his debut, scoring 19 winning balls and making just two unforced errors. On the other hand, Rublev had 14 winners and 7 unforced errors. The serve also worked well, with 85% success for the Spaniard, who did not concede a single break-point.
The first set was very balanced, defined only in the final stretch. The first chance to break came only in the ninth game, when Rublev managed to save himself. But in the 11th, the Russian didn’t have the same luck, he faced two more break-points against and in the second he ended up losing serve. Alcaraz then confirmed and closed the partial.
Maintaining the momentum, the Spaniard opened 2/0, winning five games in a row. Firm with his serve, Alcaraz did not give Rublev any openings, who saved a break point in the fifth game and in the seventh suffered another break against. The number 2 in the world served next to finish and sealed the victory by winning the game zero.