The Paris-Bercy Masters 1,000 advances with Carlos Alcaraz placeholder image, the only Spanish representative alive in the competition, and with the eliminations of three “top ten” who said goodbye early: the Italian Jannik Sinner, the greek Stefanos Tsitsipás and the russian Andrei Rublev.
Sinner, number nine in the world, was the Alcaraz’s second victim in two days. After eliminate Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herber, THE Murcian tennis player reached the round of 16 in a tight two-set duel in which he showed his maturity against a more experienced opponent despite being only two years older (20 by 18).
Alcaraz he won 7-6 and 7-5 thanks to his cold blood at peak moments. In the first set, he grew in the “tiebreak” with a resounding 7-1 and in the second, in the eleventh game, he got a break of service that led him to a victory with which he remained as the only Spanish in the tournament after the eliminations of Alejandro Davidovich, Roberto Bautista, Albert Ramos and Pablo Carreño, who also said goodbye this Wednesday after falling in an agonizing match against Frenchman Hugo Gaston (6-7, 6-4 and 5-7).
Sinner wasn’t the only “top ten” victim. Others fell. And, with bad luck, he did Tsitsipás, who suffered during the first set of a pain in his right arm. She could not continue and the victory took her Alexei popyrin. He left amid the boos of the Parisian public, who did not understand the possible extent of his injury. Later, at a press conference, he explained his situation: “I have not retired in my life and it is something I had to do today, I have to be careful,” he said.
Afterwards, it was the turn to Rublev, number six on the circuit, who debuted badly, with a loss you may not have expected to Taylor Fritz. The Russian tennis player came to the appointment with poor results in other tournaments and paid dearly for his bad moment. His rival reached the round of 16 in two rounds (7-5 and 7-6) and showed his continuity of good results after several positive performances in recent competitions.
The rest of the players with more names, had no problems to continue with their adventure in Paris. Russian Daniil Medvedev, second seeded, he broke into two sets, 7-5 and 6-4 by Belarusian Ilya Ivashka, and in the second round he will meet the American Sebaastian Korda, executioner this Wednesday of the criata Marin Cilic by 6-2 and 6-4.
Also, the Polish Hubert Hurkacz, number ten, eliminated American Tommy Paul (7-5, 7-6) and remains in the fight to play the Masters Cup at the end of November, and the German Alexander Zverev, number four, finished with the Serbian Dusan Lajovic (6-3, 7-6) and he will face the Bulgarian Grigor dimitrov in the next round.