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Alcaraz beats Tsitsipas and signs one of the points of the year

Carlos Alcaraz has qualified for the quarterfinals of the Miami Masters 1000 after defeating the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas, fifth in the world, by 7-5 and 6-3. The 18-year-old player from Murcia, who is number 16 in the world ranking, thus revalidates on the Grand Stand court in Miami the victory he had achieved last year against Tsitsipas at the United States Open, when he won the tiebreaker of the fifth set.

The Spaniard, champion in Rio de Janeiro this year, continues to fly in the Miami tournament with spectacular, varied tennis, with powerful hits and graceful touches that provoked a heartfelt applause from the spectators present at the end of the meeting. That Alcaraz would put on a show was understood after a few minutes, when he won a fantastic point with a shot under the legs and an excellent backhand volley to defend the net.

And despite serving out in game six (2-4) and forgiving four break balls in the next, putting Tsitsipas ahead 5-2 in the first set, Alcaraz always seemed to be in command of operations. Tsitsipas suffered a lot to win the points from him, while Alcaraz hit powerfully with both his forehand and backhand, defending the court in an unbeatable way and forcing the rival to force his shots.

The Greek needed ten minutes to hold his serve and escape 5-2 and little by little Alcaraz’s notices became a real avalanche. The Spaniard recovered the break to 15 at 4-5 and kept his serve to love with a wonderful lob backhand that touched the line. It was the beginning of a streak of seven consecutive games in which Alcaraz left just five of 32 points to his rival. The public applauded each point of the Spaniard, who alternated touches of enormous power and others of pure class, volleys and drops that left one of the strongest defensive players on the circuit standing.

Alcaraz’s streak took him from 2-5 to 7-5 and 2-0, with a break in the first game of the second quarter that left Tsitsipas on the ropes. She converted the first break chance she got in the second set and saved three against to defend her to the final 6-3.

He sentenced the game with a wonderful backhand drop and flew to the quarterfinals in Miami, where he will face the Serbian Myomir Kecmanovicwho has come back (3-6, 6-1 and 6-4) against the American Taylor Fritz —the executioner of Rafa Nadal in the last Indian Wells Masters final—.

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