MADRID, 2 May. (EUROPA PRESS) -
The Spanish tennis player Carlos Alcaraz qualified this Tuesday for the quarterfinals of the Mutua Madrid Open, the fourth Masters 1000 of the season and which is played on clay, after defeating the German Alexander Zverev with great authority in two sets 6-1 , 6-2, while Alejandro Davidovich and Jaume Munar said goodbye to Croatian Borna Coric (6-7, 6-3, 7-6) and German Daniel Altmaier (6-3, 6-0).
The current champion seems to be picking up tone and rhythm in the Caja Mágica. After the problems of his debut against the Finn Emil Ruusuvuori, he raised his level against the Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov and did not give options to his third rival either, in what was the reissue of last year's final.
The first seed in Madrid had a good test against the one from Hamburg, a player who performs very well in the capital, where he has two titles and a runner-up, but who is still looking to find the game he offered just before seriously injured at the last Roland Garros. Alcaraz was relentless and it only took him an hour and 20 minutes to get rid of him.
The Murcian was very solvent (21 winners and only nine unforced errors), without the need for a spectacular match, where his best shots surely came in a second set where he did not relax and raised his tennis a point to prevent any reaction from a Zverev, excessively erratic (22 unforced errors for 12 'winners') and crestfallen before the superiority of his opponent.
Alcaraz closed the service to his rival, for whom this weapon did not work, as did two of his best shots, his 'drive' and his two-handed crossed backhand. The Spanish tennis player did not give up a 'break' ball throughout the match and only lost eight points with his serve, while he hammered continuously from the rest (10 break balls).
The defending champion started commanding very soon. After a very long game, he broke Zverev's serve and took the lead on the score (3-0). The German seemed to react from the serve, but wasted a 40-0 and conceded a second break that made the set impossible.
The man from Hamburg tried to react and clung to his serve to do so, hoping that the Murcian would loosen up. He carried out the first two with a lot of suffering, but that's where his resistance ended because the number two in the world took the last five games and took the ticket to the quarterfinals.
There, Alcaraz will face the Russian Karen Kachanov, a player who is going through a good tennis moment, as he confirmed with his victory against his compatriot, fifth favorite and champion in the Monte Carlo Masters 1000, Andrey Rublev, by 7-6(8). , 6-4.
On the other hand, Alejandro Davidovich from Malaga and Jaume Munar from the Balearic Islands were not so lucky, who were eliminated by the Croatian Borna Coric and the German Daniel Altmaier, in two games with a different development.
Thus, the Andalusian had to experience another 'marathon' after the one he suffered against the Dane Holger Rune and ended up falling after more than three and a half hours and in three sets 6-7(5), 6-3, 7-6(5 ). Davidovich came to be 4-3 and served in the final set and could not take advantage of a 4/2 in a 'sudden death' where the Croatian took the best shots from him and also had the necessary fortune.
The Balkan player will look for the semifinals on the clay of the Caja Mágica against the German Altmaier who, on the other hand, barely gave options to a Jaume Munar, something 'touched' and who gave up in two sets 6-3, 6-0.