Alcaraz suffers and entertains himself at the US Open

First round

The Murcian makes his debut in the last Grand Slam of the season with victory against the Argentine Sebastián Báez

After the disappointments of Montreal and Cincinnati, Carlos Alcaraz returned to have fun on a tennis court and amuse the dedicated and popcorn public of the Arthur Ashe. The Murcian tennis player, on the stage that elevated him last season as the favorite of the stands, defeated Sebastián Báez in a very nice match that only tarnished the Argentine's withdrawal in the third set (7-5, 7-5 and 2-0).

Alcaraz, who came from two losing finals in a row and early exits in the Masters 1,000 of the American cement tour, made up for himself with a meeting of those that he loves, those of sticking out his fist, sticking out his chest and getting into a garden of a See who is able to make the most spectacular point. "I always try to score a point per game", has been the maxim that Juan Carlos Ferrero's pupil has preached in recent times and that serves to explain his tennis.

In the repertoire of drops, lobs, counterattacks and emotions, Alcaraz prevailed, but not without suffering. The Spaniard ran into a Báez who is the next great hope of Argentine tennis. The 21-year-old from Buenos Aires and already among the 40 best in the world, looks at himself in the mirror of Diego Schwartzman, who despite his short height (Báez measures 1.70m), has been able to fight against the best and become world top ten.

Báez and Alcaraz already met at the Next Gen Finals in Milan at the end of last year, but this time the scenario was very different. The organization, aware of the potential and magnetism of Alcaraz, placed the meeting in the center and it did not disappoint.

streetrunner

For the Murcian it was an exercise in cutting off Báez's drive and shining more than in the spectacular nature of his tennis. He needed more than 50 minutes to take the first set 7-5 and almost an hour and a half to score a second set that was a street runner and the first great tennis exponent of the US Open. From 2-0 for Alcaraz it went to 4-3 and serve for Báez, from there to 5-6 for Alcaraz and the Spaniard, after three wasted set balls, closed with a right down the line. He and the stadium roared. The hit was so big that when he picked up his bag for a quick bathroom break, he was still swinging his fist.

But Báez had run out of physique. The demand of the match ended with the Argentine who, after going 2-0 down in the third set, could not continue. Some kind of ailment in his right leg ruined his great game. He was lame and had no choice but to announce the withdrawal.

With this victory, Alcaraz has 45 wins this season, one away from becoming the tennis player with the most wins of the season, along with Stefanos Tsitsipas, who is already out of the US Open.

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