Spain’s tip for the top Carlos Alcaraz began at the NextGen Finals on Tuesday with a 4-3(6), 4-2, 4-0 group defeat of Dane Holger Rune, with the winner sending down nine aces.
The No. 32 touted as the eventual replacement for Rafael Nadal, took just over an hour and a quarter to earn victory at the under-21 event where various speed-inducing tweaks are traditionally tried.
The hybrid and abbreviated scoring system is designed to appeal to a younger demographic unprepared to sit through an entire long-form match.
Coaching from the sidelines is now allowed in a trial run and bathroom breaks are strictly limited to prevent gamesmanship which drew the wrath of opponents against Stefanos Tsitsipas this season.
The Greek – who claimed to be a heavy sweater – managed to turn his bathroom breaks into full-on clothing changes which could take up to a quarter-hour or more.
Alcaraz never faced a break point against his serve while breaking Rune three times.
“I liked the match, I thought I played great,” the winner said. “We both played great, the first set was important.”
The Spaniard takes the top seeding in the eight-man field and joined Brandon Nakashima on 1-0 after the American beat Manuel Cerundolo 4-1, 3-4(3), 4-2, 4-0.
Alcaraz, 18, began the season at No. 141 thanks to lifting a Tour title in Umag and playing the US Open quarter-finals where he beat Tsitsipas.
Rune was fresh from a Challenger trophy last week in nearby Bergamo.
Main photo:- Carlos Alcaraz beating Holger Rune in Turin – NextGen via Instagram