Carlos Alcarz won his first round match in the Hamburg European Open in a third-set tiebreak. The 22-year-old local tennis player performed aggressively and often above his No. 259 ranking. 3-6 6-1 7-6(3) in two hours and 24 minutes; Spanish errors early.
“Hard. Every tournament’s first round is difficult “First match since Wimbledon, Alcaraz stated. “It was too different from grass. I am excited to advance. Next round will be better, but I am satisfied with the win.”
THE MATCH – Alcaraz had three break points in the 5th game, but Kuhn saved them. In the next game, the Spaniard loses the serve on his first chance. Once in the lead, the German pushed even harder, finishing the set with a serve and volley.
The world No. 259 was broken at 0 in the second set by an out forehand volley. Things do not improve and Alcaraz recalls he is a top 10 player (20 wins, 2 loses in 2022 on risso): 6-1 without losing break balls and we proceed to the third. At the start of the third set, a thigh injury hampers the home player’s performance. After a third set without breaks, Nicola Kuhn with tremendous determination takes it to the tiebreak, where Alcaraz closes 7-3 after a 5-1 lead. On his German ATP 500 debut, a not-so-brilliant Carlitos (backhand and bunt must be altered) overcomes a complicated obstacle, finding one between Baez and Krajinovic.