Big Sensation in Paris as Carlos Alcaraz Exits Masters 1000
Published on 10/31/2023 10:41 p.m. | Updated on 10/31/2023 11:13 p.m. | Reading time: 2 mins
Carlos Alcaraz’s journey at the Bercy Masters 1000 in Paris came to an unexpected end as he was defeated by the 45th-ranked player in the world, Roman Safiullin. The Spanish prodigy, who entered the tournament with high hopes, was outplayed in two sets (6-3, 6-4). Alcaraz struggled throughout the match, committing numerous errors and unforced mistakes. His early exit raises concerns ahead of the upcoming season-ending Masters event, which will feature the world’s top players starting from November 12.
Alcaraz’s Disappointing Performance
For the first time in a year, Carlos Alcaraz faced an early elimination upon entering a tournament. The last time this happened was on October 4, 2022. Alcaraz, who recently suffered from pain and received treatment in Basel, seemed to be lacking full recovery and was not in his best form. Safiullin took advantage of the situation and secured a well-deserved victory. The 26-year-old Russian showcased his strong performance, including a solid second half of the season with notable achievements such as reaching the final in ATP 250, a five-set battle against the 14th-ranked Tommy Paul at the US Open, and victories over Alexander Zverev and Andy Murray in Shanghai.
Alcaraz’s Weaknesses Exposed
Safiullin’s overpowering serve and consistent performance highlighted Alcaraz’s weaknesses, particularly in his second serve. The 45th-ranked player in the ATP ranking proved that his recent success was not a coincidence but a result of his hard work and skill. Alcaraz, on the other hand, struggled to find his rhythm and failed to live up to expectations.
Struggles in Paris
Carlos Alcaraz’s difficulties in Paris continue as he has yet to make a significant impact in the capital. After being eliminated in the third round by Hugo Gaston in 2021 and withdrawing in the quarter-finals last year, Alcaraz’s chances of reclaiming the world number one spot from Novak Djokovic by the end of the season are diminishing. Furthermore, his preparation for the upcoming Masters event in Turin, which is less than two weeks away, is now in question.