Carlos Alcaraz: In the following round, I’ll definitely improve.

At the Hamburg European Open, Nicola Kuhn gave a strong performance, but it was unable to beat Carlos Alcaraz. The top seed advanced in the ATP 500 competition on Tuesday after defeating the German 3-6, 6-1, 7-6(3), moving to 21-2 on clay in 2022.

In their first ATP Head2Head meeting, No. 6 in the Pepperstone ATP Rankings Alcaraz defeated Kuhn by winning the second set after dropping the first against an opponent in good form.

The Spaniard, who has won four ATP Tour championships this season, battled through the third set and finally won the tiebreaker to stave loss and preserve his opportunity to continue winning in Hamburg.

“It was challenging. Every tournament’s opening round is challenging, “Alcaraz, who was competing in his first match since making it to Wimbledon’s round of 16, remarked. “The contrast was too much for me because I was used to grass.

Although I’m confident I’ll do better in the next round, I’m nevertheless thrilled to have won.” Alcaraz is pursuing another ATP 500 tournament on clay this season in Hamburg after winning in Rio de Janeiro in February and Barcelona in April.

The 19-year-outstanding old’s 2022 season also saw him win ATP Masters 1000 championships in Miami and Madrid. The Spaniard was satisfied with the manner he responded forcefully to clinch his 36th tour-level victory of the year despite his difficulties against Kuhn.

Since I wasn’t playing well, Alcaraz stated, “I wasn’t playing well, so I knew I was going to have my chances to improve in the second set,” “I made an effort to miss less than I did on the first attempt. I’m happy with the adjustment I made.”

Alcaraz had a slim margin of victory, but he performed well in the return game over the course of two hours and 26 minutes. The Spaniard took advantage of 10 break chances, succeeding on two of them, and displayed quick hands at the net to put Kuhn under pressure.

The following opponent for Alcaraz will be Filip Krajinovic. Sebastian Baez was beaten by the Serb 6-1, 4-6, 7-6(6) in an action-packed contest that he concluded spectacularly. In the meanwhile, Diego Schwartzman, the No. 3 seed, was shocked by Emil Ruusuvuori 7-5, 6-4.