Alcaraz Triumphs in Argentina Open Opener, Sets Sights on Quarterfinals

Carlos Alcaraz displays resilience in his Argentina Open opener, securing a straight-sets win against Camilo Ugo Carabelli. The Spanish top seed eyes the quarterfinal clash.

In a resilient display, Spanish tennis sensation Carlos Alcaraz faced a formidable challenge from Argentine qualifier Camilo Ugo Carabelli in his Argentina Open opener. Coming back to the court for the first time since his quarterfinal exit at the Australian Open, Alcaraz managed to secure a hard-fought straight-sets victory with a 6-2, 7-5 win, despite missing out on two match points in the second set.

Expressing his thoughts post-match, Alcaraz acknowledged the toughness of the competition, praising Carabelli as a skilled fighter with an excellent rhythm. Alcaraz confessed to initial nervousness, considering the vocal support of the crowd for his opponent. Nonetheless, he expressed satisfaction with his performance, marking it as his first clay match since Roland Garros and hoping for continuous improvement.

Heading into the quarterfinals, Alcaraz is set to face qualifier Andrea Vavassori, who caused an upset by defeating seventh seed Laslo Djere with a 6-4, 7-5 scoreline.

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The Spanish top seed aims to defend a title for the third time in his career, having previously retained home crowns in Barcelona and the ATP Masters 1000 last season.

Meanwhile, at the ATP 250, Argentina’s Federico Coria made waves by eliminating second seed Cameron Norrie in a three-set thriller, finishing 4-6, 6-4, 6-3. Securing his fourth Top 20 win and the first since 2022, Coria advanced to his 12th tour-level quarterfinal. His next opponent will be countryman Sebastian Baez, who emerged victorious against Cordoba champion Luciano Darderi, ending the Italian’s impressive six-match winning streak with a 6-4, 7-5 result.

As the tournament progresses, tennis enthusiasts can anticipate more thrilling matches and potential upsets in the quest for ATP success.

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