this Murcian tennis player carlos alcaraz He debuted as number 5 in the world with his victory in the last 16 of the Umag tournament., an ATP 250 played on clay, in an unprecedented two-set duel against 31-year-old Slovak Norbert Gombos, 117 (6-2 and 6-4) in the world. The player, who struggled for the title for the first time from El Palmar, where he achieved his professional success in the Croatia tournament in 2021, will face Argentine Facundo Bagnis in the quarter-finals this Friday.

alcaraz, suffered a lot in the opening match on recent commits, entered the duel against Slovakia strongly. He broke his opponent’s serve in the opening match, but was on the verge of losing the timeout in the second match. Juan Carlos Ferrero’s student saved five broken balls to put the scoreboard 2-0. Alcaraz was very confident in his serve, which did not give way throughout the match and managed to break his opponent’s serve on the third opportunity in the seventh game. After 49 minutes of play, he left his opponent empty and closed the first sleeve (6-2).

In the second set, Murcian went head-to-head even though Gombos, who was a finalist in the Challenger tournament played at Murcia Tennis Club last April, lost to the young man from Taipei Chun in the final. -Hsin Tseng. The world number five suffered in game six, where there was a break ball when Gombos decided to set the course for a 4-2 win. In the ninth game, Alcaraz stepped up the pressure before they were likely to doom their win. Seeing that Gombos was reluctant to bid farewell to a tournament in which he entered the final draw due to a last-minute defeat to Jiri Vesely, the Murcia player had four intermediate balls in his favor. However, in the fifth game, he achieved victory in the 48-minute game, thus taking his pass to the quarter-finals.

Bagnis, his next opponent

Carlos Alcaraz will face Facundo Bagnis in the quarterfinals. The Argentine tennis player, who is ranked 121st in the ATP ranking, just defeated Corentin Moutet (6-3, 6-1) in the second round. very comfortable meeting for him. He did not suffer in the first match in two sets, defeating his fellow countryman Etcheverry (7-5, 6-3).

The 32-year-old left-handed Argentine has never met Carlos Alcaraz. He will be seen face-to-face with Murcian for the first time and will be in Umag’s quarter-finals.

On the same side of the table, Spain’s BernabĂ© Zapata defeated third-seeded and halftime promiser, Denmark’s Holger Rune (3-6, 6-3, 6-2), in a 19-year-old match. this was decided in the third set. Giulio Zeppieri will be measured in quarters.

On the other side of the frame, Jannik Sinner, who finished second in the tournament and beat Alcaraz at Wimbledoncontinued to progress steadily, doing his homework against Mayorcan Jaume Munar (6-4 and 6-4). The 20-year-old Italian is known as the new dominator of world tennis together with Alcaraz.