The reigning champion has returned. Carlos Alcaraz has fond memories of Umag because it was the location of his first ATP 250 championship when he was ranked No. 73 in the Pepperstone ATP Rankings. Alcaraz is the defending champion of the Plava Laguna Croatia Open after defeating Norbert Gombos with a decisive 6- 2, 6-3 victory in one hour and 37 minutes of action.
At 19 years old, he is also making his Top 5 debut after playing Lorenzo Musetti in the final in Hamburg, and boy did he make his opponent feel it from the outset of the match. He gained the edge with to an early break in the first game, which the Spaniard was able to preserve with his customary power and accuracy.
‘Carlitos’ advantage grew after a fresh break in the seventh game, and he eventually finished out the first set 6-2. Alcaraz finished off the first game to end the second set, continuing the trend. He then launched into a monologue in Spanish.
Alcaraz improved his record for the year to 40-6 after finishing the match without losing his serve (he saved the seven break chances he faced). He will now try to add a fifth prize this year in order to defend a trophy for the first time in his career.
“Coming back is always amazing; this year, things are a little more routine, and I’m thrilled to perform here once more. I had to run, battle, and play at a high level despite the fact that the opening rounds are always challenging “The Top 5 in the world claimed.
What about him has changed since last year? “There have been many changes. I had a lot of positive experiences both personally and professionally in the past year, but I also continue to work hard and progress “He examined.
Alcaraz will now play the Argentine Facundo Bagnis, who on Thursday won convincingly by scores of 6-3 and 6-1 in just over an hour of play against the Frenchman Corentin Moutet and moved on to the quarterfinals.
Austin introduces Alcaraz
Tracy Austin claimed during a Tennis TV interview that Carlos Alcaraz began the competition with the mindset of winning the next match and not planning too far ahead. “I believe that a man like this is probably not considering (defending a title).
He is now among the top five. Nothing will actually change (defending a title). This man had the mentality “Give me the balls.” I’ll triumph in today’s game. Who will I portray next? Not feeling like I need to defend anything is the mindset of a champion. That is not how you do a task a second time “said Austin.