broke with solvency carlos alcaraz Mutua emerged from the turmoil of his opponent at the Madrid Open. Georgian Nikoloz Basilashviliand it was set up in the 16th round of the tournament to meet the expectations of the fans who filled Caja Mágica’s home ground despite time. (6-3 and 7-5).

Murcian arrived in Madrid as the brand new champion of the Barcelona tournament, placed in the top ten and the most promising player of the tour this season. He started the event on the last turn of the session. Again, more than 10,000 spectators They remained in the region until the end. It was already early in the morning.

Alcaraz broke one record after another this year. Second time in Madrid, but first on his own as the seventh favourite. It has nothing to do with the fact that he was born 120 a year ago, like a new illusion. But a little more. He won one match and was ejected from the tournament by Rafael Nadal without being palliative. Now the situation is changing. The Murcian tennis player, who is about to turn 19, has already collected twenty-four wins and has only lost four so far in 2022. Arriving at Caja Mágica with ambition, the Spanish player has taken a leap in quality, away from cautious talk. one season ago.

With this pressure, he began marching in Madrid against an opponent he had beaten at Roland Garros in the past. Alcaraz had a hard time keeping up with the mood of the game. In fact, he soon lost his serve and the Georgian, who took their first win against Italian Fabio Fognini in Madrid on Monday, remained 3-1. The response of the Spaniards was harsh. six flip game to reverse the situation and score the sleeve.

In the second set, the Georgian player got into trouble. He had a two-game lead. It served to win partial and level the match. But Alcaraz has returned. He stopped Basilashvili’s momentum and clinched the final win an hour and a half later.

The Spaniards are on the hard part of the table. on the horizon, nadal and after Novak Djokovic. In the round of 16, the winner of the duel between the American John Isner and the ninth favorite Briton Cameron Norrie awaits an opponent.

Alcaraz: “I feel lucky because people love me so much”

The Spaniard was happy with the support of the people, who filled the central court of Caja Mágica, despite the time and Tuesday. “Felt very sheltered by all the people and the love of the Magic Box. I feel lucky to have experienced such a moment, and people love me very much,” said the Spanish player, who won an impossible ball and received a standing ovation after the match, “After all, I am a player who fights until the last ball. . I fight every ball and that earns me such points. It’s incredible that all the people stood up and cheered me up,” said Alcaraz, “I have no words to thank the people. I’m really grateful to wait all day, to encourage me to stay until the end,” he said after the game. so many people thought they were crazy,” he added.

Alcaraz, however, underlined this. prefer to play earlier. “It’s not ideal for recovery between some things and others. I’d rather play earlier,” he concluded.