Alcaraz beats Vukic in three sets

Alcaraz beats Vukic in three sets
Alcaraz beats Vukic in three sets

Alcaraz passed the shoulder in three sets Wednesday

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Carlos Alcaraz has comfortably secured his ticket to the third round of Wimbledon. The defending champion defeated Australian Aleksandar Vukic (ATP 69) 7-6 (7/5) 6-2 6-2 on Wednesday on Court No. 1.

Held two sets by qualifier Mark Lajal (7-6 7-5 6-2) in the first round, the world number 3 made the difference more easily on Wednesday. He dominated the debates in the last two sets against Vukic, who missed the boat when serving to win the first set at 6-5.

Carlos Alcaraz, who did not face a single break point in the last two sets, will face American Frances Tiafoe (ATP 29) for a place in the round of 16. ‘We had a very good match at the US Open’ in the semi-finals in 2022, where the Spaniard won the title.

‘I know he’s very talented. With his style of play, he’s even more difficult to play on grass (than on hard courts like at the US Open, editor’s note). He’s good at volleying, he has a good slice… It’s going to be very difficult for me. But I’m ready for the challenge,’ assured Carlos Alcaraz (21 years old).

Fognini sorts Ruud

Note the elimination of the number 8 seed Casper Ruud, certainly more comfortable on clay than on grass. The winner of the last Geneva Open was beaten 6-4 7-5 6-7 (1/7) 6-3 by the eccentric Italian Fabio Fognini (ATP 94), whose exploits are becoming increasingly rare.

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