Despite finding Filip Krajinovic a formidable foe, Carlos Alcaraz was satisfied with his performance in the round of 16 against Krajinovic and company in Hamburg. On Thursday, Alcaraz defeated Krajinovic, the 43rd-ranked Serb, 7-6 (4) 6-3 despite a tough matchup.
“I had to play a Tour-level match at my very best. In retrospect, I can say that I am very pleased with how “Per the ATP website, Alcaraz made the following comment after his victory. “This was a challenging task. Filip’s performance was superb. He was fantastic throughout the entire game.”
In the first set, Alcaraz fought off several set points.
Krajinovic got off to a great start, taking a commanding 3-2 lead after breaking Alcaraz in the fifth game. When Krajinovic was serving for the first set in the 10th game, Alcaraz saved four set points to come back and break the Serb and even the score at five games apiece.
The match was tied at 5-5 when Alcaraz held serve in the 11th game to force a tiebreaker. Krajinovic blew four set points and had a break point in the 11th but couldn’t convert. Krajinovic dropped three straight games before serving out the match in the 12th game to force a first-set tie-break.
After Krajinovic took a 4-2 lead in the tie-break, Alcaraz stormed back to win the next five points and take the opening set. Then, Alcaraz started the second set with two breaks to take a commanding 4-1 advantage.
Krajinovic was down a break in the sixth game but got it back and was serving to stay in the match in the ninth game when he lost his serve. The Russian player Karen Khachanov, who Alcaraz beat at the French Open two months ago, is up next for Alcaraz.
Alcaraz claimed, “I know that Karen’s playing well.” “This match is going to be challenging because he has a powerful serve and high skill level. Nonetheless, I feel confident going into the quarterfinals after today’s performance.”