Carlos Alcaraz beaten by Sebastian Korda at Monte-Carlo for his entry into the race

In the disconnected genre, the match between Carlos Alcaraz and Sebastian Korda ended up there. Disturbed by the wind that blew terribly across the center of Monte-Carlo, it took more than three hours and many twists and turns for the meeting to calm down. In the end, the American prevailed against the Spaniard (7:6 [2]6-7 [5], 6-3). Alcaraz, who claimed the title 18 in Miami ten days ago and had been eagerly awaiting the arrival of the circuit on Earth, was not at the level he had shown in Florida.

With a total of 13 breaks, 107 unforced errors (59 for Korda, 48 for Alcaraz) and endless missed chances, it’s hard to find a common thread in this new generation duel. They showed pretty much everything from dubious decisions to very good sequences like those two back-to-back passes from the American in the middle of the third set. His merit was undoubtedly that he took a little more initiative in the game than his opponent, who had difficulty assessing his aggressiveness.

Korda on net success

So Korda netted a lot, with great success as he scored 34 points from his 44 climbs made during the meeting. He also knew how to be more decisive than the Spaniard, who had made his management of crucial points a real strength in Miami. There he “only” converted six of his 19 break chances as Korda found the goal almost every time (7/10 including 5/5 at the start of the game).

He also edited three first set points in act two but eventually managed to dominate the tiebreak and return to an innings throughout. Creating the break in step, Juan Carlos Ferrero’s protégé seemed on course to end the meeting, but he ended up scoring just one of the last seven games played. By first giving up his break early, then jumping a backhand over the space limit with a double fault.

Then, with his back against the wall, onto a woody forehand, which offered Korda his service again. The American initially spoiled his first match point alone but served a nice first on the second that put an end to this fierce and uncertain duel. He will face either Marin Cilic or Taylor Fritz in the next round. Alcaraz will use the next few days to digest this return to Earth and settle better on the surface. He has already shown that he learns very quickly.

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