Nov 15, 2023, 12:40
Carlos Alcaraz Secures First Victory in ATP Finals
Carlos Alcaraz, currently ranked No. 2 in the world, finally tasted victory in the ATP Finals as he defeated Andrey Rublev (ranked 5th) with a score of 7-5 and 6-2 in the Red Group’s second day. This triumph marks a significant milestone for Alcaraz, who now needs to capitalize on his remaining matches and exercise patience.
A Different Alcaraz Emerges
Alcaraz showcased a transformed version of himself compared to his initial defeat against Alexander Zverev (ranked 7th). The match concluded in just an hour and fifteen minutes, providing Alcaraz with a double dose of good news. Not only did he conserve energy after a grueling three-set loss, but he also secured a victory that fuels his aspirations of reaching the semifinals.
Alcaraz’s Right Hand Dominates
Alcaraz’s powerful right-hand shots proved to be pivotal in crucial moments, causing significant wear and tear on Rublev. The Russian player, overwhelmed by Alcaraz’s dedication, bid farewell to the tournament after suffering two consecutive defeats.
Next Challenge: Daniil Medvedev
On the third and final day of the group stage, Alcaraz will face off against Daniil Medvedev (ranked 3rd), who emerged victorious in his debut match and will compete against Zverev on Wednesday. While it is premature to draw conclusions, Alcaraz’s important step forward allows him to dream of progressing further in the tournament.
Breaking the Losing Streak
Alcaraz, affectionately known as ‘Charly,’ has put an end to his three-match losing streak that included defeats in Shanghai, Paris, and his ATP Finals debut. Although he no longer has a chance to claim the world No. 1 spot, which is now in the hands of Novak Djokovic, Alcaraz is determined to contend for the title in Turin.
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