The tournament final will take place in Hamburg, Germany, between Carlos Alcaraz and Lorenzo Musetti. It’s 2003, and if the Spaniard wins the tournament, he’ll move up to the fourth spot in the world rankings, which would be a historic achievement.
A showdown between two of the circuit’s brightest young stars, one of whom is already at the top of his game and the other of whom aspires to join him there. The Carrara player will take on the Iberian challenge tomorrow in an effort to win his first ATP tournament.
Even in his less-than-perfect form, the Spaniard has no trouble defeating the Slovak tennis player Molcan, who is known as a “tough bone” opponent. The match is decided in two sets. The Murcian is very sluggish and has a harder time than expected gaining the upper hand in the first set; he leads by a break twice but can’t convert, and Molcan wins the set thanks to a tie-break.
In this case, Carlos strikes back viciously and even wins 0-to-1, eliminating any sense of blamelessness from his almost blameless opponent.
Second set is all Hamburg and Alcaraz.
The second set ends with Molcan taking the knockout blow.
The Slovak only manages to hold serve once, and that was only after he saved two break points. The remaining tasks become trivial, especially since Alcaraz gets better with practice and can now finish the file in a little over an hour and a half.
An achievement that will forever cement Carlos Alcaraz‘s place in sports lore. This makes Murcian, now 19 years old, the youngest tennis player to ever reach three Atp 500 tournament finals before turning 20. All three tournaments for 2022 were played in their respective locations of Rio de Janeiro, Barcelona, and Hamburg.
The young Iberian talent Alcaraz has received a lot of praise recently, including from Austria’s Thiem, who said: “Even though I was familiar with Alcaraz beforehand, he only really made headway once I left.
I caught a few of his matches, including his victory in Umag and subsequent loss to an Austrian tennis player in Kitzbuehel ( Alexander Erler, ed.).
I was able to watch the entirety of the game. It was obvious from the start that he was going to be a top-10 player on the major circuits within a relatively short period of time.”