Carlos Alcaraz may be inexperienced on grass and maintaining that he is basically learning a new skill, but he is obviously a quick learner for in his third match this year on the surface in just his second appearance at The Championships, he took out the dangerous German, Oscar Otte for the loss of six games
This was my best performance so far. I'm really happy with the level, and I will try to keep this level into the next round Carlos Alcaraz
That 6-3 6-1 6-2 win sees the teenager march into the last 16 and the second week of Wimbledon for the first time and at 19, become the youngest to do so since Aussie Bernard Tomic reached the last eight at 18 in 2011.
And Alcaraz was happy.
“I played unbelievable today,” the young Spaniard said in his post-match press conference.
“This was my best performance so far. I’m really happy with the level, and I will try to keep this level into the next round.”
There he will face Jannik Sinner, another youngster who is fast learning his trade on grass who brought down John Isner 6-4 7-6(4) 6-3 to progress into the fourth round.
Alcaraz though, showed no fear of the surface as he unleashed a series of powerful shots to sweep aside his opponent in just 98-minutes, finishing with 37 winners having committed just eight unforced errors.
From the moment the umpire called ‘play’ Alcaraz took command claiming the first eight points of the match and then the first five games of the second set by deploying his aggressive and powerful game to great effect.
He saved a break point – the only one he faced – while Otte was broken six times from the 20 chances which Alcaraz raised.
“I’m more comfortable to move on grass right now than in the first round, for example,” Alcaraz revealed. “Every training, every match that I play… I feel more comfortable and hope in the next round [that I will] feel more comfortable.
“Every day that [passes], I feel more ready on grass.”
And Skinner, his next opponent?
“Obviously Jannik is a good player,” Alcaraz replied. “He plays unbelievable. He has a great level here on grass. He has won really good matches here, so it’s going to be a really tough round.
“But obviously I’m going to enjoy [it]. Playing against Jannik is always tough. I like to play these kind of matches, these kind of challenges.”
It will be interesting to watch these two young guns test themselves against each other considering Sinner tamed the powerful Isner serve!