Alcaraz flies in New York

Carlos Alcaraz celebrates a point. / Afp

Second round

Comfortable match against Coria for the Murcian, who is already in the third round of the US Open

Point of improvement for Carlos Alcaraz who, after an irregular debut at the US Open, accelerated and defeated Federico Coria (6-2, 6-1 and 7-5) to get into the third round of the New York Grand Slam.

The Murcian added his second consecutive victory against an Argentine tennis player, but far removed from the problems and doubts that Sebastian Báez caused him. Coria, brother of the legendary Guillermo Coria, finalist at Roland Garros in 2004, did not give much trouble, as if he did not see himself with options to compete in the match. His claw lasted just four games, which took Alcaraz to break his serve and start a run of ten games to one.

Juan Carlos Ferrero's pupil once again left some doubts about the service, especially at the beginning with six break points that he had to deactivate and which confirm that the player from El Palmar is not yet 100%. And it is that Coria, a player with no experience on cement, with only thirteen victories on this surface in his career, threatened almost all of Alcaraz's services, although this, in situations under pressure, is when he handled himself best. He faced up to fourteen break points - this being the fourth Grand Slam match in which more break balls have been generated for him - too many, although he only gave up serve once in the twilight of the match. Where he clearly prevailed was in the winning shots, with more than 40. A great positive note after the hell that Báez subjected him to in the first round and that only settled the physical problems of the Buenos Aires native.

From less to more

Alcaraz went over Coria and went from less to more, a climb of steps necessary to gain confidence, rhythm and better tennis for the hot stage of the tournament and that will start from the third round, when bigger rivals arrive level. Because Coria, in the second and third set, was a shadow that only worked in sparks and that did not flinch the racket of the Murcian one iota.

In just over two hours, Alcaraz sealed his second consecutive presence in the third round of the US Open and will now have a good touchstone, the American Jenson Brooksby, who caused the surprise by taking Borna Coric out of the way. Brooksby, number 43 in the world, eliminated the Cincinnati Masters 1,000 champion 6-4, 7-6 (10) and 6-1 and will face Alcaraz for the first time.

The 21-year-old American already reached the round of 16 here last year and made the third round at Wimbledon in July. He has three ATP finals lost to his credit, two of them this year on hard courts.

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