French Open: Carlos Alcaraz reaches the quarter-finals

Spanish teenage sensation Carlos Alcaraz made his first French Open quarter-final on Sunday with a straight-set victory over Russia’s Karen Khachanov.

The 19-year-old, who has won four ATP titles this season, prevailed 6-1, 6-4, 6-4 in the night game on Philippe Chatrier court to set up a round of 16 meeting with the third seed Alexander. Zverev.

“I had a great game from start to finish,” Alcaraz said.

“I knew it was going to be a good fight and I would have to be really focused from the start of the match.”

Alcaraz, seeded sixth at Roland Garros, beat Zverev in the Madrid Masters final earlier this month after also eliminating Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal from the tournament.

He will be looking to reach a first Grand Slam semi-final, where he will face either Nadal or Djokovic, after matching his previous best effort from last year’s US Open.

Alcaraz was already the youngest man to reach Roland Garros in the round of 16 since Djokovic in 2006, when the Serb lost to Nadal in the quarter-finals.

Former quarter-finalist Khachanov was expected to give Alcaraz a real test of their league titles, but never fully recovered from a dreadful start which saw them lose 5-0 in the opening set.

The Spaniard hit 37 winners and committed 30 unforced errors as he clinched victory in three sets despite breaking the third for the only time.

Khachanov battled to force Alcaraz to serve him in a marathon 10th game of the set, saving five match points to keep.

But Alcaraz only needed one serve to get the job done, claiming victory on his sixth match point when Khachanov scored.


It was a second consecutive straight-sets win for Alcaraz after saving match point by winning a second-round thriller against compatriot Albert Ramos-Vinolas.

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