The Murcian debut with triumph in all the Grand Slams by beating the world number 29 (6-4, 6-4, 6-3) in New York
Carlos Alcaraz does not wrinkle on any stage. That is why he will close his first season on the ATP circuit with a harvest within the reach of very few:
debut with victory in all Grand Slams. Federer and Djokovic, for example, weren’t able to. The Murcian did it at the Australian Open, at Roland Garros, at Wimbledon and also last night at the US Open, despite facing the most demanding premiere.
For El Palmar it was his first debut against a seeded Cameron Norrie, but he knocked him down with a very solid performance (6-4, 6-4, 6-3) in less than two hours into the game. It is indeed,
his fastest win in a best-of-five-set final draw. «I played a very serious game, I was very focused. The truth is that I’m very happy with my whole game in general, “he acknowledged after the game.
The Murcian jumped onto the scene in New York with just two days off after falling in the Winstom-Salem semifinals, but the tournament was an ideal preparation. Alcaraz, who is completing a very positive summer, got back in his tennis shoes and settled into North American cement. And he had no choice but to display his best tennis to knock Norrie down.
The Briton, number 29 in the world, enjoys the best year of his career. He has lifted his first title and had his best performance in the first three Grand Slams of the year (third round).
Alcaraz, therefore, did not start as a favorite. But he has already made it clear to New York that he is going to fight a lot in a US Open that fits his virtues well. The one from El Palmar swept with his winning shots (38 against 16 from Norrie), barely gave away points (only 13 unforced errors, half that of his rival), the only two times he lost his serve he recovered it soon and uneven the game with the serenity of a veteran at key moments.
Alcaraz will face Frenchman Arthur Rinderknech, 83rd in the world, in the second round. It is a challenge that the young Murcian can solve if he maintains the level. I’ll go all out, just as focused. I will try to get the best of me to match my best result in Grand Slams, “said Alcaraz, very satisfied after another brilliant debut.