February 26, 2021

Alcaraz falls to Ymer and says goodbye to Australia

Carlos Alcaraz, during his match against Mikael Ymer.

Carlos Alcaraz, during his match against Mikael Ymer.

The young Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz placeholder image woke up from the dream he lived in his first Grand Slam after stumble in front of Swede Mikael Ymer by a tight 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 and 7-6 (5) in the second round of the Australian Open.

However, the 17-year-old tennis player left Melbourne Park with a good taste, after making his name known to the world, after beating Belgian David Goffin during one of the preparatory tournaments and later qualifying for the second round of which it was his first ‘major’.

The game started at a good pace and did not accuse the nerves of the beginning, of which he spoke this Monday, after prevailing in an impeccable first set (6-2), in which he converted three of the five ‘break’ balls.

Nevertheless, the 22-year-old Swede didn’t wrinkle and flipped the scoreboard after getting to despair the Spanish who did not contain his anger in some sections of the last set.

The 43 winning strokes were not enough, 18 more than his rival, to continue his dream on the banks of the Yarra River, where he could have faced favorite Stefanos Tsitsipas in the next round in one of the main stadiums.


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