Alcaraz crashes in his debut in Montreal

Carlos Alcaraz, during his first and only match in Montreal. / ef

Canadian Masters 1,000

The Murcian, who started as the second favorite, fell to Paul in a duel dotted with ups and downs in which he went from more to less

After losing two consecutive finals on clay, Carlos Alcaraz crashed this Wednesday in his debut at the Canadian Masters 1,000 on fast surface, falling to American Tommy Paul (number 34 in the world) 6-7 (4), 7 -6 (7) and 6-3. Alcaraz started as the second seed in Montreal, but with many doubts and irregularities throughout the match, the young Murcian player could not show his favorite credentials. In a duel dotted with ups and downs in which Alcaraz went from more to less, the American came back and gave the big surprise to eliminate the Spanish first, whose debut on the American tour was disappointing.

Alcaraz dominated the first tie break with authority and reacted unsuccessfully in the second round, in which he was also unable to avoid another sudden death. In the final set, the Murcian was already surpassed by the ambition and drive of the brave Paul. This time Alcaraz did not respond when he found himself in a critical situation and said a bitter goodbye to the Canadian tournament. He saved Alcaraz four match points at 5-2 and 5-3 in favor of Paul in the last set, but the American did not feel the pressure in the fifth that he had to close a match that lasted three hours and 20 minutes. .

Alcaraz had the victory on track, because he got 1-4 ahead in the second round, but he suffered when the first serve did not go in and Paul came back to 5-4. So, in such a complicated phase, it was time to take a step forward, although Alcaraz lacked consistency in his game to sentence. From dominated Alcaraz he then became dominant, but without continuity in his tennis. After the disappointments suffered in the finals in Hamburg and Umag, the game and the mental strength of the Spaniard were not at the level expected against an inferior rival.

The current number four in the ATP ranking, who aspired in Montreal to his fifth title of the year and to get closer to number one before the big event of the US Open, began the tour prior to the last Grand Slam of the season with an unexpected and painful stumble . The crash could have been even more complicated in the first sudden death, but there he did not give Paul options. Once the first set was secured, Alcaraz wanted to put land in between soon, but it was deflating. After the American had to surrender to the potential blows and deployment of the tennis player from El Palmar, Paul took advantage of the Murcian's disconnection to force Alcaraz to make an extra effort that the Spaniard did not complete successfully, despite the character of the.

inconsistency

In what was his 50th match of the season, in which he has been confirmed as the great sensation after climbing from 32nd place in the world ranking to the 'top 4', very close to Rafa Nadal, absent in Montreal, Alcaraz did not he was able to grow in self-esteem before Paul. The American has only one title in his career, but he did not wrinkle, he tried to face Alcaraz and was better than him in a duel with many more shadows than lights of the Spanish.

Alcaraz had never played the Masters 1,000 in Canada, nor had he ever faced Paul, and the center court of the tournament was reserved for his debut. However, the Spaniard alternated on such a privileged stage with moments of good play and a lot of inconsistency, especially with his serve. After playing golf last weekend with his coach, Juan Carlos Ferrero, and Pablo Carreño, the Murcian hit a bump on the Montreal track, where he failed when he had victory in his hands.

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