After his success in New York, which of course also guaranteed him the top of the ranking, Carlos Alcaraz had only won one of his two Davis Cup matches and had lost to David Goffin at the ‘premiere’ in Astana. Called to put matches on the legs on the eve of Bercy’s “1000” and, above all, the ATP finals, the talented Spaniard needed extra time to take the measurements of Jack Draper and make the first round cut in Basel.
Stumpy, tense, indecisive and physically not perfect, Alcaraz considerably limited the number of unforced errors from the baseline and, although he persisted on the short ball, leveled the score after a rather difficult first set.
It’s over? Not at all. Alcaraz did not take advantage of a break advantage, reestablishing the hierarchy at 5-5, but again near the goal line he needed to cancel two tie-break balls to seal his success at 3-6 6-3 7-5 after nearly two and a half hours of gameplay.
He awaits the winner of the match between Botis Van de Zandschlup and Adrian Mannarino. It is worth mentioning in Basel the victory of Brandon Nakashima in his debut against David Goffin. Next, the American will face the winner of the “big match” between No.
2 seed Casper Ruud and three-time Slam champion Stan Wawrinka. Alexandr Bublik’s problems against Aslan Karatsev lasted one set. After the initial 6-3, the Kazakh needed the tie break to avoid further problems and make the cut in the first round in the penultimate round of the season.
In Vienna, the cavalcade of Taylor Fritz, who continues to hunt for a place in the ATP finals, began with more than one difficulty.
Carlos Alcaraz defeated Draper
Carlos Alcaraz suffered, but finally found a way to win the first round of the ATP 500 in Basel, which also means his first victory in an ATP tournament as number one.
After the victory, the young Spaniard was satisfied although he admitted that he had hardly been able to savor what it means to win a Grand Slam and become the youngest number one in history. “I have had several tournaments after the US Open so I have hardly had time to enjoy number one or to have won a Grand Slam.
Now I have new goals for the end of the season, with new tournaments so I have to be prepared for the next challenges”, Alcaraz commented in the interview carried out at the foot of the field.