Wimbledon | Alcaraz’s grass court education continues

Carlos Alcaraz is still feeling his way on grass and its not surprising to learn that the Spaniard has turned to Britain’s Dan Evans for advice as he attempts to become one of the youngest players to win The Championships.

[I] felt more comfortable today than [in] the first round. But obviously... I need more hours on court, on grass, to feel more comfortable Carlos Alcaraz

It took him five sets to get past the experienced German Jan-Lennard Struf in the first round and whatever he learnt then was put to good use in the second round which saw him slip past the Dutchman, Tallon Griekspoor 6-4 7-6(0) 6-3.

Having now reached the third round at Wimbledon for the first time, the 19-year-old from Murcia, Spain, is happy with his progress having lost out in round two on his debut last year.

“It was a pretty good match for my side,” a satisfied Alcaraz said. “I played really well. I enjoyed playing the [No. 2] Court. Really happy [I] got the win today.

“[I] felt more comfortable today than [in] the first round. But obviously… I need more hours on court, on grass, to feel more comfortable.”

It took him two-hours and five-minutes to progress to the next stage, hitting 39 winners (9 aces) while making 20 unforced errors (4 double faults).

The 25-year-old Griekspoor currently ranked 53, was always going to be a dangerous opponent having made the quarter-finals in Mallorca in preparation for this Fortnight and his four-set elimination of the experienced Italian, Fabio Fognini in round one.

However, he found it difficult to deal with Alcaraz’s powerful serve and despite raising six break points only converted one.

The youngster has now reached the third round of all four majors as he continues to impress and collect fans worldwide though it is really in the last six months that he has made his breakthrough claiming two Masters titles and two at 500 level to streak up the rankings into the top ten where he is currently placed at seventh.

Up next for Alcaraz is another German, Oscar Otte, who benefited from Christian Harrison’s retirement after just four games. At the time the American qualifier was trailing 1-3.

He could well prove a danger for Alcaraz as the German is a grass-court player with an aggressive game who arrived at the AELTC having made the semi-finals in both Halle and Stuttgrt.

Last year, Otte qualified for Wimbledon and reached the second round where Andy Murray required five sets to get past him.

The third lesson for Alcaraz could prove interesting.



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