Spain’s Carlos Alcaraz defeated Frenchman Arthur Rinderknech in 4 sets out on court 6. The 18 year old’s season continues to be a promising success as he makes the third round in only his 4th grand slam.
The first 2 sets were close between the pair at 7-6 and 4-6, with Alcaraz making more winners, but also more unforced errors. The youngster had to save a set point in the first set tiebreak, but pulled some great shots out to win. Only 1 break occurred before the rain delay; Rinderknech’s. After coming back onto court, Alcaraz romped through the 3rd set 6-1, finally reining in his unforced errors, and despite a bathroom break from Rinderknech, the Spaniard held his momentum to break serve instantly in the 4th. Alcaraz took a few match points to finish the match, but finally managed it with a massive forehand. The final score was 7-6, 4-6, 6-1, 6-4.
Alcaraz goes on to face the winner of Tsitsipas vs Mannarino in the 3rd round. “Now I feel I can play against everyone. I feel that I’m playing a really good game.” Alcaraz said after he beat Cameron Norrie in round 1. After a shaky start from Tsitsipas, the possible future star has a chance to pull off a massive upset in his first US Open.
Main Photo: Alcaraz in round 1 by Manuela Davies/USTA