Carlos Alcaraz holds off Daniel Evans to reach US Open fourth round

Carlos Alcaraz holds off Daniel Evans to reach US Open fourth round


Tennis – U.S. Open – Flushing Meadows, New York, United States – September 2, 2023 Spain’s Carlos Alcaraz celebrates successful his third spherical match towards Britain’s Daniel Evans REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

NEW YORK–Defending champion Carlos Alcaraz overcame Britain’s Daniel Evans with a 6-2 6-3 4-6 6-3 win on Saturday, surviving his first actual problem on the U.S. Open within the third spherical.

The highest-seeded Spaniard breezed by way of his opening matches at Flushing Meadows and at first appeared on monitor for one more simple victory however needed to discover his greatest type after Evans mounted a third-set comeback.

He subsequent performs Italian Matteo Arnaldi, who shocked Britain’s sixteenth seed Cameron Norrie in straight units on Court docket 17.

“I’m feeling actually, rather well on court docket, actually comfy,” mentioned Alcaraz, who picked up his second main title at Wimbledon this yr.

“I all the time say that I may be higher, however proper now I’m actually, actually proud of the extent that I’m taking part in.”

Alcaraz moved by way of the primary set like a freight prepare, successful the primary 4 video games, and the Twenty sixth-seeded Evans did not convert any of his three break factors within the eighth recreation.

Evans did let loose a roar as he broke Alcaraz with an unreturnable backhand down the road within the second recreation of the second set however the Spaniard broke again instantly and the Briton helped his opponent to a different break within the fifth.

Alcaraz broke Evans once more with a well-executed drop shot to shut out the second set. Nonetheless, Evans upped his stage within the third set, channeling his frustration into an outstanding recreation seven the place he broke with a backhand winner.

The 20-year-old Alcaraz tapped into his superior velocity and agility to tame Evans, 13 years his senior, within the fourth set, zipping forwards and backwards alongside the baseline earlier than breaking with a elegant forehand winner within the sixth recreation.

He completed the entertaining conflict with one other forehand winner, certainly one of 27 within the match, prompting cheers of approval from the rapt crowd inside Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Alcaraz’s fourth-round opponent Arnaldi mentioned he had by no means confronted a world primary earlier than and would attempt to “benefit from the second” towards the closely favored Spaniard.

“I don’t need to say that we play very related, however he’s very bodily and I feel I’m a bit bodily,” he instructed reporters.

“I don’t know the place I’ll play, however I feel I’ll play in Arthur Ashe or Louis Armstrong and will probably be the primary time for me. Additionally a little bit of emotion at first. I’ll give it some thought tomorrow.”

Throughout the plaza, 21-year-old Jack Draper provided British followers hope as he outlasted American wildcard Michael Mmoh 6-4 6-2 3-6 6-3 to ebook his first journey to a Grand Slam fourth spherical.

He’ll face Russian eighth seed Andrey Rublev, who beat France’s Arthur Rinderknech 3-6 6-3 6-1 7-5.



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